YEAR-BY-YEAR CUP SERIES RECAP
2011: Finished fourth in series points. … Competed for seventh consecutive full season for Kevin Harvick Inc. … Won a pole for seventh consecutive season, at Las Vegas. … Average start of 7.8. … Won four times, for seventh consecutive season with at least one win, at Texas-1, Atlanta, Kentucky-2 and Las Vegas. … Average finish of 10.4. … Completed 92 percent of laps attempted. … Average Driver Rating 95.18.
2010: Finished seventh in series points. …11 top fives, 13 top 10s. … Three poles (Atlanta, Kansas, Talladega); average start 7.2; only three starts outside top 10 in 25 races. … Two wins, (Lucas Oil Raceway, Martinsville-2); average finish 13.6. … Completed 90.9 percent of laps attempted, led 408 laps.
2009: Finished first in series points for record fourth time. … Won second championship in three seasons. ... Beat runner-up Matt Crafton by a comfortable 187-point margin. ... Won six races for second consecutive season, the fourth time in his career (won career-best seven in 1997). ... Five consecutive wins came from June 20 (Milwaukee) to Aug. 1 (Nashville), finished third in sixth race (Bristol).
2008: Finished second in series points. … Battled Johnny Benson in the second-closest championship race in series history, ending season seven points behind. … Six wins, 14 top-five, 18 top-10 finishes and five Keystone Light Pole Awards.
2007: Finished first in series points for third time. … Raised series’ record for career wins to 33 with four (Charlotte, Dover, Lucas Oil Raceway, New Hampshire). … Won 14th career pole at New Hampshire.
2006: Finished seventh in series points. … Two wins (Mansfield, Kentucky). … Extended series record for career wins to 29, with at least one victory in eight of nine series’ seasons. … Won 13th career pole, at Milwaukee. … KHI team the highest-finishing Chevrolet in 2006 series points.
2005: Finished fourth in series points. … Won record 27th career race (Atlanta), edging Bobby Labonte by .008 seconds in series’ fourth-closest superspeedway finish. … Pole at Mansfield was 12th of career. … First season with Kevin Harvick Inc. had seven top-five, 13 top-10 finishes. … Led 10 races, finished on lead lap in 21 of 23 races in which he was running at finish.
2004: Finished 85th in series points. … Ran one race, 12th at Phoenix in Morgan-Dollar Chevrolet.
2002: Finished 53rd in series points. … Ran two races for two champion owners, Rick Hendrick (Daytona) and Dave Fuge, for whom he won Homestead finale as teammate to series champion Mike Bliss.
1999: Finished seventh in series points. … Won twice (Phoenix, Evergreen).
1998: Finished first in series points for second time in three years. … Series’ first two-time champion, again racing for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. … Edged Hendrick Motorsports’ Jack Sprague by three points in series’ closest title race. … Six wins, including series’ debut races at Pikes Peak, Memphis.
1997: Finished fifth in series points. … Career-best seven victories. … Second competitor to win three consecutive
races (Milwaukee, Louisville, Colorado).
1996: Finished first in series points. … Title was first for Dale and Teresa Earnhardt’s Dale Earnhardt, Inc. organization. … Four wins, with 23 of 24 finishes among top 10. … Failed to complete just two of scheduled 4,536 laps.
1995: Finished third in series points. … Won pole for inaugural series race at Phoenix. … Six wins included Tucson, in series’ second event. … Won both road course events (Topeka, Infineon).