Kevin Harvick career highlights as he reaches 750 NASCAR starts

Jake Nichol October 10, 2021
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NASCAR veteran Kevin Harvick reaches 750 starts at the Charlotte Roval on Sunday. Which races has the 2014 champion won the most, and where does he have the worst average finish of his career?

Kevin Harvick reaches 750 starts at Charlotte Roval

Now 45 years old, Harvick made his Cup Series debut in 2001 at Rockingham in North Carolina.

He had been drafted into Richard Childress Racing to replace the late Dale Earnhardt Sr, who had been killed in the Daytona 500 the previous weekend.

Earnhardt’s iconic #3 became the #29, as Childress asked NASCAR for a different number for the team.

He requested the next number available that did not feature a 3, in respect to his close friend Earnhardt.

In just his third start, Harvick would win at Atlanta – a huge cathartic moment for NASCAR and RCR.

He held off Jeff Gordon in a thrilling finish – which is one of the most iconic in NASCAR.

Harvick would remain at the wheel of the #29 RCR until the end of 2013.

He jumped ship to the #4 Stewart Haas operation for 2014.

The California-native would land the crown in his debut SHR season, and has gone onto establish himself as one of NASCAR’s greats.

But where has he won the most races in his Cup career, and where does he rank in terms of all-time starts?

11 Mar 2001: Kevin Harvick in the #29 Childres Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo celebrates by doing donuts after winning the Winston Cup Cracker Barrel 500 at Atlanta Motorspeedway in Hampton, Georgia. Digital Image. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/ALLSPORT

Harvick has most wins at Phoenix

It the short track in Arizona where Harvick has banked the most wins of his Cup career – with nine.

In 2006 and 2014, he recorded sweeps at the one-mile oval – one of only two drivers to achieve the feat – the other being Jimmie Johnson.

Harvick took four consecutive wins between fall 2013 and spring 2015 – a record in the Cup Series for Phoenix.

His 2016 spring win was by just 0.010s from Carl Edwards after a wheel-banging final lap.

Not only does Harvick have the most wins at Phoenix, he has holds records for the most top fives, top 10s and top 20s.

His next best track is Michigan, where he has achieved five wins across his 41 starts.

In the 2020 double-header, he swept the weekend – becoming the first driver since Richard Petty to score Cup wins on consecutive days.

In total, Harvick has 58 career Cup wins – coming at 22 different circuits.

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Where does he rank in terms of all-time starts?

Harvick currently sits 12th on the all-time starts list in NASCAR, having recently passed Sterling Marlin’s total of 748.

Next on the list is Ken Schrader on 763, although Harvick would still need to race for another 12 years to reach Richard Petty’s all-time record of 1,184 starts.

Most NASCAR Cup starts of all-time

  • 1. Richard Petty – 1,184
  • 2. Ricky Rudd – 906
  • 3. Terry Labonte – 890
  • 4. Dave Marcis – 883
  • 5. Mark Martin – 882
  • 6. Kyle Petty – 829
  • 7. Bill Elliott – 828
  • 8. Darrell Waltrip – 809
  • 9. Jeff Gordon – 805
  • 10. Michael Waltrip – 784
  • 11. Ken Schrader – 763
  • 12. Kevin Harvick – 750 (assuming he starts the 2021 Charlotte Roval race).
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Has Harvick won all the crown jewel races in his 750 starts?

In his long career, among all the wins, Harvick has captured victories in the four so-called crown jewel races in NASCAR.

They are the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600, Brickyard 400, and Southern 500.

His sole Daytona 500 win came in 2007, although he’s finished second twice – in 2009 and 2015.

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He won the Coke 600 at Charlotte in 2011 and 2013.

Before it moved to the road course for 2021, Harvick won three times on NASCAR’s visit to Indianapolis.

They came in 2003, 2019 and 2020.

The last of the crown jewel races he won was the Southern 500.

His first win was in 2014, before adding another in 2020.

In addition, Harvick also has two XFinity titles (2001, 2006) and a NASCAR regular season title (2020) on his career CV.

The veteran took All-Star exhibition race honours in 2007 and 2018.

Harvick’s 750 starts has yielded 410 top 10s and 31 pole positions.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.