Thursday, February 19, 2015

Kevin Harvick Looks to Join Elite Group of Drivers

Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John's/Budweiser Chevrolet, walks on stage during driver introductions prior to the start of the 3rd Annual Sprint Unlimited at Daytona at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (February 13, 2015 - Source: Chris Graythen/Getty Images North America)
Kevin Harvick will look to pull off the almost unheard of “NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship-followed-by-Daytona 500-win” double. Only five drivers have accomplished the feat, and none since 2000. The five: Lee Petty (1958 championship, 1959 Daytona 500); Richard Petty (1972 championship; 1973 Daytona 500); Cale Yarborough (1976 championship, 1977 Daytona 500); Jeff Gordon (1998 championship, 1999 Daytona 500); and Dale Jarrett (1999 championship, 2000 Daytona 500). All those drivers are in the NASCAR Hall of Fame, except for Jeff Gordon – who will assuredly be honored one day.

Harvick owns a varied history in the Daytona 500. He won the closest Daytona 500 in the race’s history in 2007, edging Mark Martin to the finish line by a margin of .020 seconds. Still, he’s suffered DNFs in two of the last four Daytona 500s, finishing 42nd in 2011 (engine) and 2013 (accident).

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