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NASCAR Cup: Kevin Harvick makes 600th series start

Kevin Harvick (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Kevin Harvick (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

When the checkered flag waves on the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway on Saturday night, it’ll mark the end of the 26-race regular season for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. One of the 13 drivers already locked into the playoffs by virtue of a race win, Kevin Harvick, will mark another milestone with the 2017 regular-season finale takes the green flag. Saturday night’s Richmond race will be Harvick’s 600th in the Cup Series.

Harvick’s Cup career began in 2001 when he, unexpectedly, was moved up to NASCAR’s premier series upon the death of seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt in that season’s opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. He took over the seat of the re-numbered 29 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing and won in his third start in the series at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He won twice that year, also getting to victory lane at Chicagoland Speedway, and finished out the year ninth in the standings, despite starting his season in the second race of the year, and was the 2001 Cup Series Rookie of the Year.

In all, Harvick has 36-career wins, 23 of them coming with RCR, where he remained through the 2013 season.

In 2014, Harvick made the move to Stewart-Haas Racing and won the Cup Series championship in his first year with that team. Harvick’s latest 13 wins have been with RCR, including one in 2017.

Three of Harvick’s 36-career wins have come at Richmond, most recently in 2013.

“As you look back at the last one we won in 2013 as part of a green-white-checkered finish, I think we came from seventh to win, so I didn’t really expect to win that one,” Harvick said. “The other two were, probably, fairly strong nights for us.”

Harvick, though, mentioned his first race at Richmond in 2001 as one of his most memorable at the track.

“The first one, where Ricky Rudd and I were racing in 2001, was pretty cool,” Harvick said.

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