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Kevin Harvick has chance at NASCAR history

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Kevin Harvick is making NASCAR Cup Series history just by starting the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The 2014 Cup champion will become the 18th driver in series history to start 700 races.

Yet, if Kevin Harvick finds Victory Lane at Texas — something he has done three times in his Cup Series career — he will be the first driver to win in their 700th start.

The highest any driver has finished in their 700th start was Jeff Gordon when he placed third at Darlington in 2013.

The first driver to hit 700 starts in the series was Richard Petty at Daytona in 1976.

Harvick will start fifth in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. NBC Sports Network will carry the race live on Sunday (July 19) at 3 p.m. ET.

HOW OTHERS HAVE FARED IN START NO. 700

DATE DRIVER TRACK START FINISH
7/4/1976 Richard Petty Daytona International Speedway 3 22
9/27/1987 Bobby Allison Martinsville Speedway 17 8
5/3/1992 Buddy Baker Talladega Superspeedway 36 31
6/21/1992 Dave Marcis Michigan International Speedway 33 36
5/24/1998 Darrell Waltrip Charlotte Motor Speedway 43 17
3/18/2001 Ricky Rudd Darlington Raceway 10 8
9/23/2001 Terry Labonte Dover International Raceway 33 17
9/5/2004 Bill Elliott Auto Club Speedway 3 25
8/14/2005 Kyle Petty Watkins Glen International 29 20
10/9/2005 Rusty Wallace Kansas Speedway 33 7
9/3/2006 Sterling Marlin Auto Club Speedway 27 29
10/22/2006 Ken Schrader Martinsville Speedway 10 41
2/25/2008 Mark Martin Auto Club Speedway 16 16
5/9/2009 Michael Waltrip Darlington Raceway 36 40
5/5/2013 Bobby Labonte Talladega Superspeedway 39 20
5/11/2013 Jeff Gordon Darlington Raceway 8 3
7/5/2020 Kurt Busch Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2 13

Dominic Aragon View All

I am a co-owner and reporter for TheRacingExperts.com.

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