When you consider that his three teammates at Stewart-Haas Racing are 21st, 27th and 28th in points, Harvick looks pretty good, especially since he was the first driver this year to lock himself into the Chase for the Sprint Cup. More victories and as many top-five finishes as Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch and Danica Patrick combined. That's huge. He could easily wind up winning six or seven races this year, as he has been fast consistently.
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They might make a cute couple – have you seen the pictures of their new dog, @DallasStenhouse ? – but on the track, it been a mostly disappointing season for Danica Patrick and a hugely disappointing one for beau Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Patrick has had some good runs, including a career best seventh-place finish at Kansas. But she's 28th in points, just one position ahead of where she was at this time last year. Stenhouse, meanwhile, has completely tanked. He's 26th in points with only one top 10 after finishing second at Bristol.
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Stud 'n' Dud: Kurt Busch
In NASCAR vernacular, Kurt Busch's season has been one of them best-of-times-worst-of-times deals. The best? A Cup victory at Martinsville that puts Busch in the Chase and a heroic sixth-place finish in the Indianapolis 500 that was nothing short of amazing. The worst? Since winning at Martinsville, Busch's average finish in the subsequent seven races was 30.43, with a best of 18th. Derp.
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Stud: Joey Logano
After last year, it figures that Logano would be good, and he has. He so far has amassed more victories, top fives and top 10s than his Team Penske cohort Brad Keselowski, who, oh by the way, was the 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion. By virtue of his two victories, JoLo is already locked into the Chase and his six top-five finishes are tied for most in the series.
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Dud: Kasey Kahne
This one is a puzzler. Kahne is with the best team in the sport, Hendrick Motorsports, and all three of his teammates have won races and are in the top five in points. Kahne, meanwhile, is mired back in 18th place with just a single top-five finish to his credit.
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Stud: Kyle Larson
In the age of fierce competition, to be in the top 10 in points with a team that frankly hasn't been as strong as the big dogs is really saying something. Larson nearly won at Auto Club Speedway and already has two NASCAR Nationwide Series victories this year. It's only a matter of time until he wins a Cup race.
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Dud: Martin Truex Jr.
When the rapidly improving Furniture Row Racing signed Truex for 2014, it seemed like a win-win deal for both parties. It has not worked out that way at all, as Truex is a lowly 25th in points to date.
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Stud: Jeff Gordon
Driving with the verve of a much younger man all the while deflecting questions about when he'll retire, Gordon is second in points, with one race victory to his credit. Gordon has only finished outside the top 15 once, as he's amassed five top-five and nine top-10 finishes so far.
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Stud: Jimmie Johnson
Sorry, haters. After a somewhat ragged start to the season, six-time champion Johnson has won two races in a row, joining Harvick and Logano as the drivers who have clinched Chase berths. JJ has led 963 laps so far this year, with Harvick second best at 796. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.