Harvick wins NSCS title

DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA (Nov. 16, 2014) – Darlington Raceway celebrated its’ own historical moment on Sunday when Stewart-Hass Racing driver Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Harvick, who claimed his first career championship, joined Chase Elliott (NASCAR Nationwide Series) and Matt Crafton (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series) as the 2014 NASCAR top-tier touring series champions.

History was made at Darlington Raceway as Harvick and Elliott were both race winners at the Lady in Black in April. Harvick won the Bojangles’ Southern 500, while Elliott claimed the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200.

The only other time in track history both of its race winners went on to win their series’ championships in the same year was in 1997. Then, Jeff Gordon won the Southern 500 and Randy LaJoie the Busch Series race at Darlington and went on to become champions at the end of the season.

“Congratulations to all of our series champions,” Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile said. “It’s such a great storyline that our two race winners, Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott, were first-time winners at our beloved track and went on to win championships in the same season. It’s a truly a historic time for Darlington Raceway and we hope our return to Labor Day weekend in 2015 will create even more great moments for our fans and sport.”

Overall, Harvick became the 12th driver in history to win a race at the historic South Carolina track and earn the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship in the same year (since 1950).

The others are:

  1. 1963 – Joe Weatherly
  2. 1965 – Ned Jarrett
  3. 1967 – Richard Petty
  4. 1968 – David Pearson
  5. 1978 – Cale Yarborough
  6. 1981 – Darrell Waltrip
  7. 1983 – Bobby Allison
  8. 1986 – Dale Earnhardt
  9. 1987 – Dale Earnhardt
  10. 1988 – Bill Elliott
  11. 1990 – Dale Earnhardt
  12. 1993 – Dale Earnhardt
  13. 1994 – Dale Earnhardt
  14. 1995 – Jeff Gordon
  15. 1997 – Jeff Gordon
  16. 1998 – Jeff Gordon
  17. 2000 – Bobby Labonte
  18. 2014 – Kevin Harvick

Chase Elliott is the fourth driver to win at Darlington Raceway and earn the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship in the same season since the series began racing there in 1982.

The others are:

  1. 1985 – Jack Ingram
  2. 1997 – Randy LaJoie
  3. 2003 – Brian Vickers
  4. 2014 – Chase Elliott

The Tradition Returns to Labor Day weekend as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 is set for Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. The NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 will race on Saturday, Sept. 5. Tickets are on sale now by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting www.DarlingtonRaceway.com.

You can keep up with all of the latest news from Darlington Raceway at DarlingtonRaceway.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/DarlingtonRaceway and on Twitter at Twitter.com/TooToughToTame. Fans are encouraged to post their Bojangles’ Southern 500 stories and memories at #TraditionReturns, #BojanglesSo500 and #SportClips200.

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