Can Kevin Harvick Win in His ‘700th Race Start’ to Grab a Prestigious Record at Texas?

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July 18, 2020 8:47 pm

Kevin Harvick is set to check the 700th race start off his list this Sunday, at the Texas Motor Speedway. The driver will join the elite ‘700 Club’ and will be the 18th driver to have 700+ race starts.

He joins the exclusive roster alongside Jeff Gordon, Bill Elliott, Richard Petty, and Kurt Busch. Kurt joined the club earlier this month at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Kevin Harvick can grab a prestigious ‘700 Club’ record

To date, out of the 17 drivers with 700+ NASCAR Cup race starts, none have won in their 700th appearance. Many legends like Jeff Gordan and Richard Petty have failed to shatter this prestigious record.

Gordon achieved the milestone in 2013 at Darlington. But only managed to finish the race in third place. He is the only driver to have come close to a win under those circumstances.

Richard Petty achieved the milestone in 1976 at Michigan International Speedway and finished the race in fourth place. In addition, Rusty Wallace, Bill Elliott, Ricky Rudd, and Bobby Allison managed to get a ‘Top-10’ finish in the race.

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick is currently at the top of the NASCAR Cup Series table and is in good form. So he could very well clinch unique and prestigious record.

Recently, he scored a third-place finish at the All-Star race and a 4th place finish ahead of the All-Star at Kentucky.

He grabbed his 4th victory of the season at the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Interestingly, that race marked the 700th race start for Kurt Busch. However, Busch was only able to finish the race at P13.

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Mrinal Kuniyal

Mrinal Kuniyal has been a contributor to EssentiallSports since early 2020 and has focused on Formula 1, NASCAR, and IndyCar. He's a management graduate and his areas of interest include motorsports, marketing, and music.

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