No. 4 Chevrolet driver Kevin Harvick has made good history on Sunday after winning the Good Sam 500, making his 500th consecutive Sprint Cup Series start.
Harvick is no stranger to winning races in Phoenix. In fact, the driver who started his career in NASCAR in 2001 has won five of the last seven races in Phoenix. And with 500 consecutive race starts, he goes ahead of Darrell Waltrip’s streak of 499 starts. Now, Harvick may be looking to beat No. 31 driver Ryan Newman and No. 48 Jimmie Johnson’s record of 507 each. There are only 14 drivers in NASCAR history who have been able to make 500 or more consecutive race starts. Among them is recently retired driver Jeff Gordon, who has made 797 consecutive race starts, the most in history.
The win wasn’t easy, though, as No. 19 Toyota driver Carl Edwards chased Harvick for the win up to the last second. In the end, however, Harvick managed to hold him off, enough to claim the victory. He finished the race at the Phoenix International Raceway with 45 points, while Edwards ends up with 40 points.
Coming in third was No. 11 Toyota driver Denny Hamlin with 38 points. He is tied with No. 18 Toyota driver Kyle Busch for the race points. Meanwhile, No. 88 driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. was at the head of the pack during the race, but ended up in the back as the race ended. He finished at fifth place with 37 points.
Meanwhile, Sunday’s race did not turn out well for Newman. He melted a tire bead on his RCR Chevrolet, causing him to crash during Turn 3 of Lap 52. On the other hand, his teammate, No. 27 Paul Menard, also experienced problems with his RCR Chevy. He crashed during the Turn 4 of Lap 106. According to Fox Sports, a Goodyear spokesman has confirmed that Menard had suffered a melted right-front tire bead as well.
Later in the race, No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing driver Rick Stenhouse Jr. also ended up suffering the same issue. “We were really tight and I was having to use too much break and I think we got the tires hot and once we did that the right front gave out from having to use too much brake,” he explained.