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Harvick’s Longest Top 10 Streak Comes to an End at Bristol

NASCAR Cup Series Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500
BRISTOL, TENNESSEE – MAY 31: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford, waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on May 31, 2020 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

With Kevin Harvick’s 11th-place finish in Sunday’s Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol, the 2014 Cup champion’s streak of consecutive top 10 finishes came to a close.

Harvick’s top 10 streak ended at 13 races, dating back to the October 2019 Kansas race when he finished ninth-place finish. Despite the streak ending, Harvick finished top 10 in the first two stages — sixth in stage 1 and third in stage 2 — and averaged an eighth-place running position throughout the race.

Harvick ran into trouble while running in the top five on lap 434. Harvick’s no. 4 Ford drifted up the track and into the turn 1 wall, collecting no. 20 Erik Jones who had been battling with Harvick.

Both drivers were able to continue and stay on the lead lap. However, where Jones finished in the top ten, in 5th, Harvick finished 11th, marking the end of a top 10 streak that bested a previous career record of 10 consecutive top 10s in 2014-15. That streak began with a second-place finish in the 2014 November Texas race and coincidentally ended with a 38th-place finish in the 2015 April Bristol race.

The two top 10 streaks are among some impressive statistics that Harvick has put together in his 20-season Cup career. Harvick has earned 50 Cup wins, finished top 10 in Cup points during 13 of the last 14 seasons, including the last 10 seasons, and even achieved a streak of 81 consecutive races finished, in 2006-09, which came three races shy of a NASCAR record still held by Herman Beam.

Kevin Harvick leads NASCAR Cup Series points by 24 over no. 22 Joey Logano heading into June 7’s Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Cup Series Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500
BRISTOL, TENNESSEE – MAY 31: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford, leads Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Autotrader Ford, during the NASCAR Cup Series Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on May 31, 2020 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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