Harvicks DNF Streak Ends

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Kevin Harvick's streak of running at the finish for a record 81 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races came to an end in Sunday's Auto Club 500.

An engine failure sent Harvick into the wall on lap 207 and out of the race ending his streak which dated back to Dover in 2006.

"The motor blew up and I just got in my own oil going in the corner there," Harvick said. "The Shell/Pennzoil car was decent. We just broke a motor there going into Turn 1 and it just didn’t give me any warning. We were full speed all the way to the end of the straightaway and the bottom fell out there and just went straight."

Harvick was one of three prominent Chevrolet drivers who experienced engine problems Sunday night including Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

“Well, I think everybody is just pushing it this first race," said Harvick, who finished second last week in the Daytona 500. "Our guys have done a great job. We had good power tonight and everything has run through all the durability tests and everything at the shop. But we have very cool air and a little bit of damp air and the motors are running really hard tonight.”

It was only Harvick's 14th career Sprint Cup Series DN in 288 starts.

Harvick's Richard Childress Racing teammater Clint Bowyer now assumes the longest streak without a DNF at 75.

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