Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 10/22/14

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 20: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2009 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Start ‘N’ Park Blog is taking a look back at the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver by driver. This recap will take a look at the driver’s stats, the season’s highlights, the season’s lowlights, what a quick look at next year. This installment takes a look back at Kevin Harvick who finished in the 8th place in the final standings. 2012 Statistics: Points: 2,321 Position: 8th Preseason Pick: 4th Starts: 36 Poles: 0 Wins: 1 Top 5s: 5 Top 10s: 14 DNFs: 2 Earnings: $5,792,916 What Was Said Prior To The Season: “Three years in a row finishing third? No, won’t happen for Kevin Harvick, but it won’t be in the direction he’d hope. I think he keeps the same consistency that has kept him in the top three, but he won’t make the jump just yet. He won three races quickly in the first part of 2011 by leading minimal laps, but then puttered along for the rest of the year. He needs more wins or the same number just spread out throughout the year. Shifts at Richard Childress Racing are getting the wheels moving in the right direction.” What Happened In 2012: Richard Childress Racing took a step back in 2012, and Harvick had probably the quietest run into the Chase ever. He was mostly an afterthought for myself, even with second place finishes at Phoenix and Dover early in the season. He got into a comfortable position of sixth-ninth in the points and just stayed there all season long. He did raise spirits with a win at Phoenix to help close the season with three consecutive top 10 finishes for something to build on. On To 2013: While they can try to build on those last three races, they will have a troublesome 2013 with the elephant in room being Harvick is leaving after that year. I’m split so far on whether he will have a great run because of no pressure, or will collapse under the constant questioning about 2014.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Sheldon Richardson: I'm on the same level as JJ Watt

Kendrick Perkins: Rajon Rondo wanted out of Boston

Report: Jim Harbaugh being encouraged to take Michigan job

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Wolves trade Corey Brewer to the Rockets

Yankees trade Prado to Marlins for Eovaldi in 5-player deal

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Brandon Browner fined $8K for throwing Brandon Gibson to turf

Report: Sharper, NFLers called spiked drinks 'horny juice'

Rex Ryan: My wife could coach Tom Brady

Jim Harbaugh won in laser tag by 'hunting' 10-year-old kid

Eddie Lacy is ‘very blind,’ refuses to wear goggles

Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI, gets probation

Five free agent signings that should happen in 2015

Reporter asks Rajon Rondo awkward question about trade

Video: Swaggy P elbows Steven Adams in throat, gets ejected

Video: Grizzlies buy car for assistant who had his stolen

Video: LeBron takes pass to the face from Dion Waiters

New video of Ray Rice incident emerges

President Obama calls James Franco “James Flacco”

NBA games of the weekend: Rondo's Dallas debut, Bulls-Grizz

Tuscaloosa students will have two days off if Bama plays in National Championship

Brady scares the **** out of his teammates celebrating

Longhorn Network’s yule log? Five hours of BEVO

Will a Chiefs WR finally catch a TD in Week 16?

NASCAR News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Reporter asks Rondo awkward question

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Top 10 worst NBA related commercials of all-time

Phelps gets probation for DUI

NFL coaches on hot seat in Week 16

The Roy Williams-Terrell Owens horse collar turns 10

Most underpaid NFL players in 2014

Gronk jokes about Brady compliment

In Matt Kemp, did the Dodgers find a pigeon in Padres?

Why the Saints are legit playoff threat

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.