Harvick to become 28th driver to make 600th start

By Dominic Aragon
September 8, 2017

When he takes the green flag Saturday night at Richmond Raceway, Kevin Harvick will become the 28th driver to start his 600th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.

Harvick is a three-time winner at the raceway in the series, with the most recent victory coming in April of 2013.

“Richmond is kind of your perfect short track,” Harvick said in a press release. “It has good speed, a short-track feel to it, and the tires wear out.

“That’s kind of what we all grew up racing on. It’s got a little bit of everything and that makes it a fun place to race.”

In the 69-year history of NASCAR’s premier series, no driver has ever won in their 600th start.

The highest a driver has finished in their 600th start is third-place twice. Darrell Waltrip finished third at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March of 1994 and Jeff Gordon finished third at Chicagoland Speedway in July of 2010.

Two other drivers, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kurt Busch, made start 600 this season. Earnhardt Jr. finished 16th at Auto Club Speedway in March and Kurt Busch finished fifth at Bristol in August.

The first driver to make their 600th start was Buck Baker, who finished 16th at Hickory Speedway in April of 1968.


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