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Not all NASCAR wins created equal

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 04: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Ford, poses with the winners sticker after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 4, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Kevin Harvick’s Las Vegas Motor Speedway rear-window controversy aside, his win Sunday in the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was his 100th-career win across all three of NASCAR’s three national series — Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck. In the days since, a big deal has been made of the fact that Harvick became only the fourth driver to hit the 100-win, three-series mark. The other three are Richard Petty, Kyle Busch and David Pearson in order of most to leas among the three.

I’m not disputing the impressiveness of such a feat. After all, only four drivers of done it. But should the same significance be placed on Harvick and Busch’s wins as Petty and Pearson? No, I don’t think so, even though, on this list, Busch has 77 wins on Pearson with 183 to Pearson’s 106. And here’s why:

Petty is listed as having 200 wins. Apparently his one win in the now-defunct Convertible Division doesn’t count. I guess it wasn’t considered a national series. I don’t know. I wasn’t around in the late-1950s, but that’s not really the point, here. Anyway, all of Petty’s listed 200 wins came in the premier series, be it called the Grant National Series or Winston Series.

The same can nearly be said for Pearson’s tally of 106. All but one of those wins came in NASCAR’s top series.

Beyond Pearson, though, there’s a bit gap between Pearson and next line on this list — Busch. Heck, there are even several drivers between Pearson and Busch on the all-time premier-series wins list. Specifically, there are 14 drivers on the list between Pearson and Busch. And two drivers separate Harvick from Busch.

For the record, Busch has 43-career Cup Series wins and Harvick 39. That’s a big difference between Petty’s 200 and Pearson’s 105 top-level wins.

Again, I think reaching 100 wins across all three current national series is significant. After all, only four drivers have reached the mark. But does reaching the 100 mark with a significant percentage of those wins coming in Xfinity and Truck series — and no offense to those series intended whatsoever — deserving of talk of being in the same category as Petty and Pearson?

I think not.

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