Kevin Harvick Joins Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty & Kurt Busch in Exclusive NASCAR List After His Michigan Heroics

Published 08/09/2022, 9:15 AM EDT
Jul 3, 2022; Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) before the start of the KWIK TRIP 250 at Road America. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

This past Sunday, Kevin Harvick blasted off to win the FireKeepers Casino 400 race over the Pole Winner Bubba Wallace and Denny Hamlin at Michigan. With the win, Harvick not only revived his season but also put himself on a distinctive record.

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Kevin Harvick has become the eighth driver in the history of the sport to win a race over 20 years of his first win. The 46-year-old driver got his first Cup Series win back in 2001 at Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500.

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With the win, the Stewart Haas Racing driver joined the likes of Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Terry Labonte, Jeff Gordon, and Kurt Busch.

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Talking about this, the Stewart-Haas Racing Driver stated, “Everybody who doubted us doesn’t know us.”

“They, obviously, know we thrive in these types of situations. And a lot of things went our way today, which we haven’t had all year long — have things go our way and have things fall our way.”

Jul 30, 2022; Speedway, Indiana, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) during practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

“And then there at the end we pitted, didn’t go a lap down, and the caution came out, got control of the race.”

“That’s the thing I struggled with the most today was traffic and the restarts and just having to make up ground.”

“Once I got the clear track, that baby was hunting,” Harvick further asserted.

How did the race turn up for Kevin Harvick?

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Kevin Harvick qualified in 16th place. Harvick was ahead of Cole Custer in the starting lineup, and just behind of Daniel Suarez. Bubba Wallace of 23XI Racing took the pole.

The no. 4 Ford driver took eighth place in stage one before going on to win the Michigan race. This win was the 59th of his long NASCAR Cup Series career. Over his 22 years career and 776 races, Harvick has 425 Top Tens and 31 Poles. The 46-year-old driver has surely put himself up as one of the most talented drivers in NASCAR history.

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With the win, Kevin Harvick took himself to 13th playoff rank. The Stewart Haas Racing driver leapfrogged Daniel Suarez, Austin Cindric, and Alex Bowman. Chase Elliott still leads the table from Ross Chastain.

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Sabyasachi Biswas

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Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sabyasachi is an ardent Red Bull and Max Verstappen fan and has been following the sport for over a decade now.

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