This has been a year where time has been a significant part of the news in the NASCAR world.
For example, Dale Earnhardt Jr., who many fans arguably saw as perpetually young, turned 40 nearly three weeks ago.
And Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, while he isn’t 40 yet (he turns 39 on Dec. 5), Kevin Harvick will set a significant milestone when he makes the 500th start of his 14-season Sprint Cup career.
To date, Harvick has won 26 races, and has also achieved 111 top-five and 226 top-10 finishes, as well as 14 pole awards.
To commemorate Harvick’s achievement in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500, his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing/Budweiser Chevrolet will carry a 500th start logo on the hood, under the right taillight and on the base of the b-post on both sides of the car.
Harvick comes into Sunday’s event, the second of three races in the Eliminator Round, ranked eighth among the eight drivers still in contention for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
But with the high-speed 1.5-mile track being one of Harvick’s favorites on the circuit, he’s hoping to make some significant movement upward in the standings with a strong finish Sunday.
“Well, it ranks pretty high right now, just for the fact that I’ve never been to Victory Lane on the Cup side,” Harvick said in a team media release. “I’ve won a ton of races there in the Nationwide and Truck series as a driver and an owner.
“We had a really, really fast car there in the spring and had a crazy, freak motor problem. Our mile-and-a-half stuff has really been our bread and butter this year, so I’m looking forward to getting back there and trying to get to Victory Lane. That would really be the best spot to end up.”
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