Kevin Harvick will make his 800th career NASCAR Cup Series start when he takes the green flag for Sunday‘s GEICO 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. The driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing will become just the 10th driver in NASCAR‘s 75-year history to reach this milestone and, at age 47, the fifth-youngest driver to make 800 starts. He‘ll join an impressive lineup that includes Richard Petty (1,185 starts), Ricky Rudd (906), Terry Labonte (890), Dave Marcis (883), Mark Martin (882), Kyle Petty (829), Bill Elliott (828), Darrell Waltrip (809) and Jeff Gordon (805). Harvick is on track to finish the year with 826 career starts, which would put him eighth all-time.
If Harvick wins the GEICO 500, he‘ll be just the second driver to win in their 800th start. The lone driver to accomplish this feat is none other than Richard Petty. “The King” won the CRC Chemicals 500 on Sept. 16, 1979 at Dover (Del.) Motor Speedway. Harvick was three years old.
What has Harvick done in his 799 NASCAR Cup Series starts prior to Talladega?
He won the 2014 Cup Series championship.His 60 point-paying wins ranks 10th all-time.His 62 runner-up finishes ranks sixth all-time.His 248 top-five finishes ranks ninth all-time.His 435 top-10 finishes ranks fifth all-time.His 1,272 starts across NASCAR‘s top-three series — Cup, Xfinity and Truck — is the most all-time (and 75 more than any other driver).His 121 wins across NASCAR‘s top-three series ranks third all-time.
— True Speed Communications —