Kevin Harvick is the 14th driver in NASCAR Cup Series history to win at least 50 races at NASCAR’s top level.
Harvick led the final 78 laps in Sunday’s The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway.
“We were fortunate we had the first pit stall, kept our track position all day, were able to have a good Busch Light Ford, have good restarts, do everything we needed to do to keep our track position.”
Harvick has now won at least one race per season since 2010.
For two drivers—Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson—win No. 50 was their final victory in the MENCS.
“When you say those two names, obviously they’re a huge part (indiscernible) who helped this sport,” Harvick said. “Obviously Hall of Famers. It’s just an honor to have your name next to them.
“It’s a little bit surreal I guess you’d say because of the fact you don’t really (indiscernible) but it would be disrespectful to not give those guys credit for what they do. What a huge honor it is to have my name sitting next to them.”
Harvick became the first driver since Kyle Busch to hit the mark. Busch, a two-time champion, picked up his 50th win at Richmond Raceway in September of 2018.
The first driver to hit the 50-win mark was three-time series champion Lee Petty in 1960. Petty scored a race-shortened victory at Asheville-Weaverville Speedway in North Carolina.
According to Racing Reference, the race was shortened 33 laps “due to track deterioration.”
STARTS TO EARN 50TH WIN
Jeff Gordon (232)
Darrell Waltrip (278)
David Pearson (293)
Jimmie Johnson (296)
Junior Johnson (303)
Ned Jarrett (331)
Richard Petty (337)
Cale Yarborough (345)
Dale Earnhardt (369)
Lee Petty (392)
Bobby Allison (433)
Kyle Busch (490)
Rusty Wallace (498)
Kevin Harvick (687)
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