Harvick wins, leads 2,000 laps

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Kevin Harvick (4) races Joey Logano at Phoenix International Raceway. Harvick won his fourth race at PIR in the last five events at the track.

By Dominic Aragon
November 10, 2014


AVONDALE, Ariz.—After leading 264 laps, Kevin Harvick won the Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500 Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, eclipsing 2,000 laps led on the season.

Harvick led three times, leading 84.6 percent of the event. Harvick’s performance also posted a perfect 150.0 driver rating.

“I'm really proud of all these guys from Stewart-Haas Racing and [crew chief] Rodney [Childress] for the group of guys that they put together over the off-season, and to see this team build throughout the year has been something that for me has been just -- it's just fueled life back into me to come to the racetrack and be a part of something like this,” Harvick said post-race.

Photo by Franklin Romero/TheRacingExperts.com
Kevin Harvick leads Brad Keselowski at Phoenix International Raceway.

The win was Harvick’s fourth of 2014, locking in the first year Stewart-Haas Racing driver a spot to challenge for the 2014 Sprint Cup title next week.

Harvick has now led 2,083 laps in 2014, besting his previous record of 895 in 2006. Harvick talked about what the accomplishment meant for him and his team.

“Yeah, you can pretty much sum this whole year up as, holy cow,” Harvick said. “It's been since we went to the first Charlotte test and unloaded that race car, it's had speed, and it's just different because no matter what the day is and no matter how well we've done or how bad we've done or how dumb the mistake that I made or whatever it may be on the track, nobody ever says, ‘man, that was a dumb move or why did you do that,’” Harvick said.

“There's just not one guy on this team or in the company that hasn't said, ‘hey, what can we do for you, how can we make this better, how can we support it,’ whether it's a crew chief or a driver or an owner, whatever the case may be, and that's just not what I've been accustomed to.”

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