- United States
- Full Name
- Kevin Michael Harvick
- Bakersfield, CA
- Date of Birth
- First Year
Kevin Harvick was thrust into the national spotlight after the tragic death of Dale Earnhardt on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. The plan was for Harvick to run a handful of races in 2001 before jumping to the Cup Series in the number 30 America Online entry for Richard Childress Racing. After that dark Sunday, it was the second race of the 2001 season that saw Harvick step into the now rebranded 29 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet.
He scored his first victory at Atlanta in just his fourth start, beating eventual season champion Jeff Gordon to the line by inches. The victory was very cathartic for the team and fans, but also solidified that Harvick was worthy of the ride. He would score a second win at the inaugural race at the Chicagoland Speedway to finish ninth in points despite missing the first race. That year, he was also the Xfinity Series champion.
The union between Harvick and Childress was very interesting to say the least. Harvick performed, even when the other teams didn’t and was always in the conversation for victories and championships. Third place was the best he could do in the title hunt, accomplishing that three times (2010, 2011, and 2013).
It was after the 2013 season Harvick bolted for the only organization he had ever driven for to join friend Tony Stewart, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing. The pairing of Harvick and crew chief Rodney Childers was an instant success as the won eight poles and five races, including the season ending race that clinched the championship.
Since that tile Harvick has finished second, eighth, and third in the championship standings. In 2018, he won three straight races at Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Phoenix to start off the year.
Teams Driven For
- Richard Childress Racing 2001-2013
- Stewart-Haas Racing 2014-Present
- Career start 1 – 2001 race 2 Rockingham
- Career start 100 – 2003 race 30 Kansas
- Career start 200 – 2006 race 22 Watkins Glen
- Career start 300 – 2009 race 14 Pocono
- Career start 400 – 2012 race 6 Martinsville
- Career start 500 – 2014 race 34 Texas
- Career start 600 – 2017 race 26 Richmond
- Career pole 1 – 2002 race 17 Daytona
- Career pole 10 – 2014 race 20 Indianapolis
- Career pole 20 – 2017 race 12 Charlotte
- Career win 1 – 2001 race 4 Atlanta
- Career win 10 – 2006 race 35 Phoenix
- Career win 20 – 2013 race 9 Richmond
- Career win 30 – 2015 race 4 Phoenix
- 2001 Rookie of the Year
- 2003 Brickyard 400 Winner
- 2007 Daytona 500 Winner
- 2007 All-Star Race Winner
- 2011, 2013 Coca-Cola 600 Winner
- 2014 Southern 500 Winner
- 2014 Champion
- 1998 K&N Pro West Series Champion
- 2000 NASCAR Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year
- 2001 NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion
- 2002 IROC Champion
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