RICHMOND, VA. — He hadn’t won a Cup Series race in two years, but now, Kevin Harvick has been unstoppable the last two weeks.
Harvick picked up his second consecutive victory in NASCAR’s top series Sunday (August 14) in the Federated Auto Parts 400, leading the final 48 circuits of the 400-lap race.
“That is huge, that is huge,” Harvick said of the win.
The Stewart-Haas Racing driver is the 10th driver in NASCAR history to earn 60 points-awarding races in the Cup Series, tying fellow active competitor Kyle Busch on the series’ all-time wins list.
“I have a hard time putting things into perspective because I’ve just done this for so long,” Harvick said. “I think when you have Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty talking about, ‘Do you remember that first time when you won in Atlanta, does that seem like a long time ago,’ because it does to me, and I’m like, ‘Yep, I agree, it’s been a long time.’”
“I think when you look back at just everything that’s happened, that seems like just ages ago.”
Harvick is the first driver since Carl Edwards in 2010 to end a winless streak of 65 races or more with two or more wins in a row. In 2010, Edwards ended a 70-race winless streak with wins in the last two races of the season (Phoenix and Homestead-Miami).
With 12 races to go this season, Harvick or Busch will not catch the late-Dale Earnhardt, who is next on the list with 76 wins.
Ahead of Earnhardt are Cale Yarborough and Jimmie Johnson at 83 wins, then Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip at 84 wins.
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