NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Continues Racing Dominance at L.A. Awards Show
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 16, 2015) – Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick’s dominating year on the race track earned him the ESPY for ‘Best Driver’ last night at the 23rd annual ESPY Awards show presented by ESPN. Harvick triumphed over 2015 Indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya, 2014 IndyCar champion Will Power, 2014 Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and 2014 NHRA champion Erica Enders-Stevens for the win.
Last season, Harvick posted five victories, six runner-up finishes and 14 top-five finishes en route to his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title, clinched in walk-off fashion in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Harvick also set six track qualifying records and earned a series-best eight poles.
This year, Harvick will return to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup having won a pair of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, in Las Vegas and Phoenix. He is currently leading in the series points standings.
Harvick’s career includes 90 wins across NASCAR’s top three series – the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Now in his 13th year, Harvick joins a list of stock car drivers who have won the title of ‘Best Driver’ since the awards began in 1993. Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Bobby Labonte and Dale Jarett have also taken home the ESPY award in previous years.
With eight races left until the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, tune into NBCSN on Sunday, July 19 at 1:30 p.m. ET for the 5-Hour ENERGY 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The race will also broadcast live on PRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, with additional coverage on NASCAR.com.
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