INDIANAPOLIS – Kevin Harvick was en fuego this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. How good was he? He led 118 of 160 laps from the pole en route to a 6+ second win over the rest of the field in Sunday’s Brickyard 400.
The 118 laps led rank third most ever for a single driver in a single race in the 26 year history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series coming to the famed track.
The 6.118-second win is the largest ever. What’s even scarier is, he expanded to that gap and only did so in just nine laps. See, the final restart took place on Lap 151. The race ended on Lap 160. He came across the yard of bricks side-by-side with Joey Logano. Nine laps later, Logano was nearly seven second arrears.
The win gives Harvick two in Indy and three in his last seven races on the season. He’s hitting his stride.
But, he’s also climbing up the record book too. The win on Sunday was Harvick’s 48 of his career. That’s tied with Herb Thomas for 15th most ever. His next trip to victory lane ties his boss Tony Stewart for 14th most.
Harvick, is now two wins shy of joining the 50 win club which would tie him with Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson. He’s six wins behind Lee Petty for 11th and seven wins behind Rusty Wallace and Kyle Busch for being in the top 10.
There’s no doubt about it, Harvick is a Hall of Famer.