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NASCAR 167 43 Kevin Harvick's top accomplishments 30648621 Multi-talented man Multi-talented+man+ NASCAR

Kevin Harvick has proven to be not only a talented driver, but also a savvy businessman over the course of his NASCAR career.

He began racing full time in the Trucks for owner Wayne Spears in 1998, then moved into the Nationwide and Cup ranks. He was thrust into a full-time role in the Cup series in 2001, taking over the former No. 3 after the death of Dale Earnhardt. He went on to win quickly and finish in the top 10 in the standings that season.

Since then, Harvick has continued his success in both the Cup and Nationwide series and he and his wife, DeLana, earned championships as team owners in the Nationwide and Truck series.

Harvick, 36, has clearly done a lot in a short time. Rea White takes a look at his top 10 NASCAR accomplishments.

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NASCAR 167 43 Kevin Harvick's top accomplishments 11332126 Daytona 500 winner Daytona+500+winner NASCAR

Harvick took one of NASCAR’s most prestigious crowns with a stirring victory over sentimental favorite Mark Martin in 2007. Harvick and Martin battled to the line side by side. With cars crashing behind them, they surged toward the finish where Harvick narrowly edged Martin for the win in the season-opening race.

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NASCAR 167 43 Kevin Harvick's top accomplishments 11332066 Doubling up Doubling+up NASCAR

Harvick pulled double duty during his inaugural Cup season, running the full Nationwide slate while taking over what became the No. 29 for the second race of the Cup season. In 2001, his second full season in the Nationwide Series, Harvick posted 24 top-10 finishes in 33 starts – including five wins and 20 top fives – to earn the series championship for Richard Childress Racing. He followed that up with his second title for RCR in 2006, a season in which he completed all possible laps in 35 starts, earning nine wins. He finished that year with 32 top-10 finishes, including 23 top fives.
 

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NASCAR 167 43 Kevin Harvick's top accomplishments 11332124 Fast learner Fast+learner NASCAR

Harvick won in his third Cup race, providing an emotional moment for fans and crew members still reeling from the loss of Earnhardt in the season-opening Daytona 500. Harvick held three fingers out his car window during his victory lap, stirring emotions further after he edged Jeff Gordon for the win. Crew members for several teams lined up to welcome Harvick to pit road as he headed to Victory Lane.
 

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NASCAR 167 43 Kevin Harvick's top accomplishments 11331399 Win, win, win Win%2C+win%2C+win NASCAR

Harvick has shown he can win in any of NASCAR’s top three touring series. His fiery driving style and general candor after races have endeared him to fans, but so has his success. Harvick has 19 Cup victories to his credit as well as 39 Nationwide and 14 Truck wins for a total of 72 career NASCAR wins.
 

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NASCAR 167 43 Kevin Harvick's top accomplishments 11331400 From the other side From+the+other+side NASCAR

Harvick and his wife, DeLana, formed Kevin Harvick Inc. initially as a way to field a Truck for Harvick himself. Over the years, the organization has grown into one of the most formidable independent groups in the Nationwide and Truck Series. As team owners, they have earned 43 Truck and 10 Nationwide Series wins and a pair of Truck series titles to their credit before announcing plans to merge the Nationwide team with Richard Childress Racing and sell the Truck team at the end of the 2011 season.
 

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NASCAR 167 43 Kevin Harvick's top accomplishments 11332141 Versatile racer Versatile+racer NASCAR

Harvick can race anything, anywhere – and has the stats to back it up. He’s won Cup races on short tracks, intermediate tracks, restrictor-plate tracks and road courses. He’s won the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400, two of NASCAR’s premier events. He’s won the All-Star Race. He’s won in Cup, Nationwide and Truck events as well as in the International Race of Champions series. One of NASCAR’s most versatile stars, he truly is a threat in each and every race he enters.
 

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NASCAR 167 43 Kevin Harvick's top accomplishments 11332129 Champion owner Champion+owner NASCAR

Harvick and his wife, DeLana, enjoyed a successful partnership with Ron Hornaday in the Truck ranks for several years before ending their involvement at the end of 2011. Since joining ranks full time in 2004, the group has won 43 races and a pair of titles – in 2007 and 2009. They have never finished outside the top 10 in the season standings and have five finishes of fourth or better in those, including the pair of championships and a runner-up run in 2008. The group also won the 2011 owners title in the series.
 

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NASCAR 167 43 Kevin Harvick's top accomplishments 11332128 Young star Young+star NASCAR

Harvick was a force to be reckoned with in 2001, the season he not only won the Nationwide title but also took top rookie honors in the Cup ranks. He earned a pair of wins in that debut season and finished ninth in the standings despite not participating in the season-opening Daytona 500 as he was not in the Cup series yet. Harvick earned 16 top-10 finishes as a rookie and an average finish of 14.1.
 

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NASCAR 167 43 Kevin Harvick's top accomplishments 11332127 Chasing titles Chasing+titles NASCAR

Harvick has enjoyed some consistent seasons in the Cup ranks. He has generally been a threat to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup and has often performed well once inside that group. He has seven top-10 season finishes in 11 years, including his career-best years in 2010, where he led the standings for much of the season, and 2011. He finished third both seasons.

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NASCAR 167 43 Kevin Harvick's top accomplishments 11332142 Champion of champions Champion+of+champions NASCAR

Harvick won the 2002 International Race of Champions title in his first of three appearances in the series. He won one event, finished in the top five in three of the races and the top 10 in all of them to earn the title over the field of series champions.

 

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