Kevin Harvick

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Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick at Zanesville Ohio 2006.jpg
Harvick in 2006
Born (1975-12-08) December 8, 1975 (age 38)
Bakersfield, California, U.S.
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Achievements

2006 Busch Series Champion
2001 Busch Series Champion
1998 Winston West Series Champion
2002 IROC Champion
2007 Daytona 500 Winner
2003 Brickyard 400 Winner

2011, 2013 Coca-Cola 600 Winner
2007 NEXTEL All-Star Challenge Winner
2009, 2010, 2013 Sprint Unlimited Winner
2014 Bojangles' Southern 500 Winner
Awards 2001 Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year
2000 Busch Series Rookie of the Year
2001 Busch Series Most Popular Driver
1995 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
493 race(s) run over 14 year(s)
Car no., team No. 4 (Stewart-Haas Racing)
2013 position 3rd
Best champ.
finish
3rd (2010, 2011, 2013)
First race 2001 Dura Lube 400 (Rockingham)
Last race 2014 MyAFibStory.com 400 (Joliet)
First win 2001 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 (Atlanta)
Last win 2014 Bojangles' Southern 500 (Darlington)
Wins Top tens Poles
25 223 12
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
314 race(s) run over 15 year(s)
Car no., team No. 5 (JR Motorsports)
2013 position 94th
Best champ.
finish
1st (2001, 2006)
First race 1999 Kmart 200 (Rockingham)
Last race 2014 Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 (Joliet)
First win 2000 Carquest Auto Parts 250 (Gateway)
Last win 2014 Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 (Joliet)
Wins Top tens Poles
44 234 25
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
122 race(s) run over 17 year(s)
2013 position 107th
Best champ.
finish
12th (1999)
First race 1995 Spears Manufacturing 200 (Mesa Marin)
Last race 2013 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
First win 2002 Chevy Silverado 150 (Phoenix)
Last win 2012 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
14 61 4
Statistics current as of September 14, 2014.

Kevin Michael Harvick (born December 8, 1975) is an American NASCAR driver. He drives the No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. Harvick is the former owner of Kevin Harvick Incorporated, a race team that ran in the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series between 2004 and 2011.

Early life[edit]

Harvick was born in 1975 in Bakersfield, California to parents Mike and JoNell Harvick. He has a sister Amber. Harvick began kart racing at an early age, after his parents bought him a go-kart as a kindergarten graduation gift in 1980.[1] Over the next decade Harvick achieved considerable success on the go-cart racing circuit, earning seven (7) national championships and two (2) Grand National championships. In 1992, he started racing late models part-time in the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series and he competed there while still in high school. While in 5th grade Harvick gave a glimpse of his future career plans when he completed a class project poster listing his goals as competing in NASCAR and racing at the Indy 500.[2] Harvick's father, a firefighter and fixture around the Bakersfield racing scene,[2] built him his first car to compete in the lower NASCAR Series by using the money he earned to run his own garage, Harvick Motorsports.[citation needed] When Harvick could not race, such as in the winter, he competed on his high school wrestling team at Bakersfield's North High School winning a sectional title in his weight class his senior year. Growing up Harvick also participated in baseball, basketball, football, and soccer.[2] Originally intending to attend college and major in architecture, Harvick took classes at Bakersfield College.[2] However he found his heart was in racing and dropped out to continue his racing career full-time.[1]

NASCAR career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Harvick's 1997 Winston West car
Harvick's 1997 truck

Harvick made his Camping World Truck Series (was Craftsman Truck Series) debut in 1995 at Mesa Marin Raceway, in his hometown of Bakersfield, where he started and finished 27th in his family-owned #72. He drove four races in the #72 the next season, his best finish was 11th at Mesa Marin. In 1997, he signed to drive the #75 for Spears Motorsports mid-season, posting two eight-place finishes. He ran a full schedule the next season, posting 3 top-fives and finishing 17th in points. Harvick also moved up to the NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series in 1997, and in 1998 Harvick won five races on his way to the Winston West Series championship while driving for spears He received his real first national exposure during the winter of 1997/1998 on ESPN2's coverage of the NASCAR Winter Heat Series at Tucson Raceway Park. In 1999, he drove the #98 Porter Cable Ford for Liberty Racing, finishing 12th in points with six top-fives.

1999–2000: NASCAR Busch Series[edit]

On October 23, 1999, Harvick made his first NASCAR Busch Series (now Nationwide Series) start in the Kmart 200 at the Rockingham Speedway in the #2 Invica Chevrolet. He would start 24th and finish 42nd due to engine failure. The race would be his only start in 1999. In 2000, Harvick would sign with Richard Childress Racing to drive the #2 AC Delco Chevrolet for his first full Busch Series season. Despite failing to qualify the second race of the season at Rockingham, Harvick would go on to win the NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year with 3 wins, 8 top-five finishes and 16 top-tens as well as garnering a third place points finish.

2001[edit]

For 2001, Childress planned to run Harvick in the #2 Chevy in the Busch Series full-time again, while developing him into the Winston Cup Series (now Sprint Cup Series) with up to seven races in the #30 AOL Chevy. He planned to race Harvick for a full schedule in 2002. The death of Dale Earnhardt on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500 changed Childress's plans, and Harvick began his first Sprint Cup race the following week in Rockingham at the Dura Lube 400. For Harvick's first two races, the car ran an inverted color scheme, the number changed from 3 to 29, and the pit crew wore generic uniforms. In the third race of the season, the car was painted white and red, while Harvick wore a white-and-red uniform. His pit crew continued to wear the traditional GM Goodwrench Service Plus uniforms.

On March 11, 2001 at the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500, only three weeks after Earnhardt's death, Harvick won his first career Winston Cup victory in just his third start by narrowly edging Jeff Gordon at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He won the race by only six one-thousandths of a second (.006), proving to be one of the closest finishes in NASCAR history since the introduction of electronic scoring in 1993. After the win, Harvick performed a tire-smoking burnout on the front stretch. Remembering Dale Earnhardt, with three fingers held aloft outside the driver's window, he ran the track backwards as a show of honor and respect.[3] Winning in his third career start, Harvick became the fastest driver to win his first Winston Cup race in the modern era, breaking the record set by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in 2000. That record was previously held by the elder Earnhardt.

He recorded his second Cup win of his career at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois.[4] At the end of the season, he finished with 2 victories, 6 top-fives, and 16 top-tens. Harvick was awarded with the NASCAR Rookie of the Year Award, and secured a ninth-place finish in the 2001 points standings. He also won the Busch Series championship, becoming the first driver to win the Busch Series championship while also driving full-time in the Winston Cup Series with a top-ten finish. Harvick would end the season winning 6 pole positions, and driving in 69 races: 35 Cup Series, The Winston, 33 Busch races, and 1 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (at Richmond International Raceway) for Rick Carelli.

2002–2006[edit]

In 2002, Harvick would spend the season concentrating on running the Cup Series and would only start four races in the Busch Series. He would only have 1 top-ten in those four starts. Harvick began the 2002 season with a fine for a post race incident with Greg Biffle at Bristol Motor Speedway. Later, he was suspended for rough driving following a Truck race at Martinsville, Virginia. Harvick scored his first career Winston Cup pole position; this coming at the Daytona International Speedway. Later in the season, he scored his third Winston Cup Victory, finishing first at the Chicagoland Speedway. He finished 21st in the 2002 points standings with 1 win, 5 top-fives, and 8 top-tens. Harvick became the 2002 IROC Champion in his first season in the Series, winning at the California Speedway. In Trucks, Harvick began fielding his own #6 truck, driving himself in five races and winning at Phoenix.

In the 2003 season, Harvick teamed with now former crew chief Todd Berrier in the Cup Series, whom he had won the Busch championship with in 2001. Together, they won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis in August. Harvick and his team jumped from 21st in the final 2002 points standings, to fifth in the 2003 standings, coming within 252 points of first place Matt Kenseth. In the Busch Series, Harvick was teamed with Johnny Sauter, driving the #21 Hershey's-sponsored PayDay car. The two would combine for 3 wins, 16 top-fives and 24 top-tens, with Harvick posting all 3 wins. They would give Childress the NASCAR Busch Series owner's championship that season, with the driver's championship going to Brian Vickers. It would be the first time that the championship would be split between two teams. Harvick drove in 19 of the 34 races, and Sauter drove in the other 15. Harvick also scored 8 pole positions and finished 16th in the driver's standings.

While winless in the 2004 season, Harvick placed third in the most popular driver voting. He had fourteen top-ten finishes and finished fourteenth in points. In 2004, Harvick was again paired with another driver in the Busch Series, rookie Clint Bowyer. They combined for 1 win, 13 top-fives and 20 top-tens in the #21 Hershey's-sponsored car, with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups being promoted. Harvick drove the #29 ESGR/Coast Guard Busch car in the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Ford 300, which he would claim his second win of the season. He finished 20th in the driver's standings. The #21 car finished fourth in the owner's standings.

In the 2005 season, Harvick's only Cup win came at the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, despite starting towards the rear of the field. He won without the assistance of Crew Chief Todd Berrier, who was serving a four-week suspension for a rules violation. The following year, he continued driving the #29 car for Childress in the Sprint Cup Series. With General Motors' financial situation, GM Goodwrench cut back sponsorship, and was joined as primary sponsor for one-third (1/3) of the schedule by Hershey's, with various brands (primarily Reese's) on the car. In the Busch Series, Harvick was paired with Brandon Miller. Harvick and Miller combined for 3 wins, 15 top-fives and 19 top-tens to give the #21 its second fourth-place finish in the owner's standings. Harvick would also drive the #29 Reese's Chocolate Lovers Cup car to Victory Lane in the first "sweep" of his career on Monday, April 4, 2005 in the Rain-Delayed Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway to go along with the Food City 500 win the day before, to give him a record fourth Busch Series win at the track (tying with Morgan Shepherd). Harvick finished 18th in the driver's standings.

Harvick awaiting Happy Hour prior to his win at Phoenix

In 2006, Harvick decided to run both of NASCAR's top two series full-time. He won his first Busch Series race of the 2006 season. He followed the win with a weekend sweep of the Busch Series and Sprint Cup races at Phoenix International Raceway. Later in the season, Harvick won the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International.

On September 9, 2006, Harvick, only needing to finish 40th or better to clinch a spot in the chase, did better by slipping by Kyle Busch in turn four going into the final lap and holding onto the lead to win the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway. This was his third win of the season, and his second "sweep" of the season, having won the Emerson Radio 250 the night before. This allowed Harvick, along with teammate, Jeff Burton, their first berth, and first for Richard Childress Racing, in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. On September 17, 2006, starting from the Pole, Harvick won the first race of the chase at New Hampshire International Speedway, in the Sylvania 300. He dominated the race and by winning, was able to take the lead in the point standings for the first time in his career.

Harvick (#21) during his 2006 Busch championship season, racing Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (#8) off pit road

Harvick would have a substandard Chase run, falling to sixth in the point standings, until finishing third in Texas and following that up with another dominating performance in the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12, 2006, winning the race, and moving into 3rd place in the point standings. At the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Harvick would finish fifth in the race and slip to fourth in the final standings to eventual 2006 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson. In the Busch Series, Harvick would be scheduled to run all 35 races, with three different cars (#21, #33, #29) and two different teams, Richard Childress Racing and his own team, Kevin Harvick Incorporated. Harvick had 9 wins, 23 top-fives and 32 top-tens. He clinched the 2006 NASCAR Busch Series championship on October 13, 2006 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the Dollar General 300. It was the earliest clinch of the championship ever in the Busch Series, locking up the title with four races to go. He ended the season with a record 824-point margin in the final standings. Goodwrench Era Ends

2007–2010[edit]

In 2007, his Cup team again split primary sponsors, with Hershey's being joined by new primary sponsor Shell Oil Company and their Pennzoil brand.[5] On Sunday, February 18, 2007 in the season-opening Daytona 500, Harvick claimed his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in a restrictor plate race with a dramatic final lap pass over Mark Martin by .020 seconds in a green-white-checkered finish, the closest margin at the 500 since electronic scoring started in 1993. The race was on the sixth anniversary of the death of his predecessor at Richard Childress Racing, Dale Earnhardt. He would become only the fourth NASCAR driver to sweep both the Nationwide and Cup races in the opening weekend at Daytona (along with Bobby Allison (1988), Darrell Waltrip (1989), and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2004)). Harvick also tied Benny Parsons for the fewest number of laps led by a Daytona 500 winner, who did it in 1975 (the year Harvick was born) with four laps. He started 34th (lowest ever by a winner at the track), and became the first Nationwide Series champion to win the Daytona 500 the following year. With the win, Harvick also became the sixth of seven drivers to win both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 joining Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett, Bill Elliott, Jimmie Johnson, and Jamie McMurray.[6][7]

Four days after Harvick won the Daytona 500 in his inaugural race with Shell-Pennzoil as a primary sponsor, Harvick's team owner, Richard Childress, was asked by NASCAR to downsize the Shell logo on his fire suit and to have Harvick wear a more prominent Pennzoil oil logo, in an effort to play down any perceived competition with NASCAR fuel supplier Sunoco. Sunoco asked NASCAR to talk with Richard Childress after Harvick won both the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series races wearing a prominent Shell logo on his fire suit.[8] For the rest of the season, Harvick won the Sprint All-Star Race and finished tenth in points.

In 2007, Harvick started the Nationwide Series season by winning the Orbitz 300 at Daytona, claiming his first win in a restrictor plate race, as well as the first win for new sponsor AutoZone in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition. He also took the Checkers at New Hampshire International Speedway, winning the Camping World 200 presented by RVs.com. He also ended up unexpectedly winning the inaugural race at Montreal in August: the NAPA Auto Parts 200 after with 2 laps to go, leader Robby Gordon was black-flagged for intentionally causing an accident which involved rookie, Marcos Ambrose.[9]

2008 Sprint Cup car

Harvick went winless in 2008, but he was still able to post a fourth-place in the 2008 Chase for the Sprint Cup. The fourth-place finish in the 2008 standings tied 2006 for his highest points position at the end of the season. Harvick also went the entire season without a single DNF for the second straight year. In the Nationwide Series, he ran twenty-two races for his own team with sponsorship from Camping World, Rheem, and RoadLoans. He did not win a race in this series either. His lone win came in a Truck race at Phoenix.

2009 Sprint Cup car following a crash

Harvick started the 2009 season by winning the Budweiser Shootout with a last-lap pass on Jamie McMurray, reminiscent of his win in the 2007 Daytona 500. He also launched a new social networking site, Fan Central, for his fans.[10] A few days later Harvick damaged his primary car for the 2009 Daytona 500. The team decided to switch to the car he drove in the shootout. Harvick went on to finish second in the second shortest Daytona 500 in NASCAR history.

At the Auto Club Speedway in California, Harvick blew his engine and it forced him to not finish the race, which resulted in his first DNF in 82 starts. Harvick won the first 2009 Nationwide Series race at Bristol, his first win in his own car. In addition, he won the Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway. During the season, Gil Martin became the new crew chief for Harvick as Childress decided to switch all team members of the #07 and #29 except the drivers and spotters, thus giving Casey Mears Harvick's crew chief Todd Berrier.[11] In the first five races following the switch, Harvick finished with an average of 25.4, finishing 34th, 11th, 41st, 17th, and 24th respectively. A short time later, reports surfaced stating that Harvick had asked a release of his contract at the end of the 2009 season to secure a ride at Stewart Haas Racing for the 2010 season with intentions of bringing Shell-Pennzoil sponsorship with him. When asked about the request, Childress stated that Harvick and Shell-Pennzoil will stay with RCR in 2010.[12] Harvick did not comment publicly on the subject of where he would be driving in 2010. The first race after the story broke, Kevin finished 6th at the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His best race came at the Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where Harvick had the best car in a long run and led for most of the race, but was denied victory after a late race caution from which later eventual race winner Kasey Kahne took advantage of when he went past Harvick on the restart; he finished 2nd.

Harvick started 2010 the same way he did in 2009 by winning the Budweiser Shootout with a pass in the penultimate lap in a green-white-checkered situation seconds before an incident behind them, resulting then in a caution that automatically ended the race. Harvick placed 2nd in his Gatorade Duel by inches to Jimmie Johnson. He led the most laps in the Daytona 500, but ended up finishing 7th. He followed up his 7th at Daytona with a 2nd at Fontana, California's Auto Club Speedway again to Jimmie Johnson; after the race, Harvick told media members that the #48 team (Jimmie Johnson) "had a golden horseshoe stuck up their ass". Following the race, Harvick followed up with another 2nd place finish to Johnson at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as well as a Nationwide Series win. He won the Aaron's 499 in a crazy Lap 200 (third green-white-checker finish situation) pass of Jamie McMurray that was the 88th lead change of the race, setting a new NASCAR record. It was speculated by McMurray's team owner Felix Sabates that Harvick was below the yellow line when he made the pass, but this was denied by NASCAR at track. On July 3, Harvick captured his second win of the year by winning the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. On August 15, Harvick captured his third win of the year by winning the Carfax 400 at Michigan. His win at Michigan locked him into the Chase for the Sprint Cup for the fourth time. He finished the regular season first place in points, but started the Chase in third after the points were adjusted. During the 10-race Chase, Harvick scored 5 top-fives and 9 top-tens. Despite scoring an average finish of 5.8 (best in the 2010 Chase and third best all-time in the Chase), Harvick finished third overall, 41 points behind 2010 Champion Jimmie Johnson. It was still the best overall finish of his career in the Sprint Cup standings. Had the pre-Chase points system still been in use, Harvick would have been the Sprint Cup champion for 2010.

Harvick also won his first career Pole in the Camping World Truck Series at Gateway International Raceway in his own #2 Chevrolet Silverado. This added Harvick to the short list of NASCAR drivers who have won a pole award and a race in each of NASCAR's three major series.

2011–2013[edit]

With the departure of Royal Dutch Shell at the end of 2010 (moves to Penske Racing) announced in the spring, the #29 team was searching for a new sponsor. In August, it was announced that, for 2011, the car's primary sponsor will be with Belgian brewery InBev's Budweiser brand for 20 races.[13] Adding to Harvick's new sponsorship, on January 25, 2011, Jimmy John's and Richard Childress Racing reached a multi-year agreement to sponsor the #29 Sprint Cup team for 6 races in 2011. On March 27, 2011, Harvick won his 15th career Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway after passing defending series champion, Jimmie Johnson, in the final turn in a finish resembling the previous race in 2010. As a joke to Harvick's words in 2010 at the same race Johnson asked Harvick in post-race-ceremonies if "I can have my golden horseshoe back."

Harvick competing in the 2013 STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Harvick took his second consecutive win of the year at Martinsville Speedway, beating Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the final 10 laps. Following on-track incidents both during and immediately after the Showtime Southern 500 (Darlington) with Kyle Busch, Harvick was placed on probation for 4 races (plus the NASCAR All-Star Race) and fined $25,000. Harvick then won the Coca-Cola 600 after Earnhardt, Jr. ran out of fuel in the last turn on Lap 402, finishing off a career accomplishment of winning all three current majors and the Brickyard 400, but is not eligible for a Career Grand Slam because of the Ferko lawsuit that wiped out his chance at the mark — only eight drivers have scored since the lawsuit eliminated the fall race at Darlington, which was required for the Career Grand Slam.[14] Harvick announced that he would shut down his NASCAR Nationwide/Camping World Truck Series race team Kevin Harvick Inc. because he wanted to focus on winning a NSCS championship. He sold KHI to Richard Childress.

Harvick´s car at Texas in 2013.

In 2012 at Phoenix, Harvick led part of the race, battling former rival Kyle Busch, but Denny Hamlin led the rest of the race on the last pit stop. Harvick tried to close on Hamlin, but scored a second place finish after he ran out of gas with two laps to go, leaving Hamlin the race winner. He managed to cross the finish line holding off the pack for second place. Although winless, Harvick made the Chase through consistency. At the second stop at Phoenix, Harvick avoided a chaos filled race to collect his only win of the season, and the 19th of his career.

In 2013 at Daytona, Harvick dodged a practice wreck in the last session of practice, and the same in the Sprint Unlimited. Later, he would go on and tie Tony Stewart's and Dale Jarrett's record for wins in the Sprint Unlimited. In his victory burnout moments after he won his car shut down and Harvick said, "I don't care!" 2013 is his last season with RCR, and he said, "I'm gonna finish better than I started!" He also won his Budweiser Duel, and though it seemed as if he would be the first driver to sweep the Sprint Cup events at Speedweeks, he was caught up in a crash on lap 35 of the Daytona 500 and finished 41st. Harvick won his first race of the season at the 2013 Toyota Owners 400, which ended former rival Kyle Busch's four year winning streak in the spring Richmond race.

At Talladega, early in the race, when Kasey Kahne spun out, Harvick was collected with Tony Stewart, Brian Vickers among others. Former rival Kyle Busch took responsibility and said "I hate that I took out Kasey, Harvick, Tony and the other guys." The crash resembled the Daytona 500 crash which also collected Harvick.

At the Coca-Cola 600, Harvick took the lead on the last cycle of pit stops and held off Kasey Kahne to win his second 600.

In qualifying for the 2013 Hollywood Casino 400, Harvick had a lap speed of 187.480 mph (301.720 km/h) for his first pole position since September 2006.[15] He dominated the race, leading 138 laps, and survived a wreck-filled event to take his third win of the season.

Harvick won his fourth race of the year at the Phoenix race, taking the lead at the white flag when Carl Edwards ran out of gas. His tenure at RCR came to an end the following week at Homestead-Miami with a tenth place finish. Harvick finished the season third in points, with four wins, nine top five finishes, 21 top ten finishes, and one pole position.

2014[edit]

On November 9, 2012, it was reported that Harvick would drive for Stewart-Haas Racing beginning in 2014 once his contract expires with RCR. When Harvick was later asked if this was true at the Cup race in Phoenix, he refused to say yes or no. He was asked by reporters repeatedly in victory circle at Phoenix and at the Championship buffet in Las Vegas but he continued to refuse to answer.[16]

However at the same time, Richard Childress gave remarks to reporters, fans and on his Facebook and Twitter pages that confirmed to fans that Harvick was most likely leaving RCR in 2014 and that he desired a ride at Stewart-Haas Racing.[17]

It was officially confirmed on January 22, 2013 that Harvick would be switching teams. Harvick and Childress said the parting was mutual and that it was time for Harvick to move on. SHR did not confirm what sponsor or number Harvick would be given. During the official reports it was reported but not officially told that Budweiser was interested in staying with Harvick through the transfer.[18] In July, Harvick and Stewart gave reports in summer 2013 that Harvick's new number would most likely be number 4 for the 2014 season.[19] On July 12, 2013, it was confirmed that Harvick would drive the No. 4 but would replace Ryan Newman who decided to part ways with Stewart-Haas Racing in the summer part of the season. Harvick retained Budweiser as his primary sponsor for 21 races, with Jimmy John's sponsoring the remaining races.[20] In October it was announced that Harvick would also run a partial schedule in the Nationwide Series in 2014, competing in a minimum of 12 races for JR Motorsports.[21]

Despite a second-place finish in his Budweiser Duel in a photo finish against Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne, Harvick's car failed post-race inspection, and his Duel finish was disallowed. As a result, Harvick started the Daytona 500 in 38th, getting in the 500 on a Provisional.

Harvick ran up front during the Daytona 500, but was caught up in a last lap crash leaving turn 4, and was scored 13th.

Harvick in victory lane after winning the 2014 The Profit on CNBC 500

The following week at Phoenix, Harvick started thirteenth and dominated the race, leading 224 of 312 laps, holding off Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Brad Keselowski over the final seven laps to take the checkered flag in first place. The win was Harvick's first driving for Stewart-Haas Racing, and snapped a tie with Jimmie Johnson for most all-time wins at Phoenix. [22]

But then came a bizarre five-race stretch in which Harvick finished 36th or worse four times. There was a hub failure at Las Vegas (41st), a cut oil line at Bristol (39th), a blown tire at Fontana (36th) and an engine failure at Texas (42nd) — each time squandering one of the fastest cars on the track.

On April 12, 2014, Harvick dominated the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway and passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final lap to win the race, his second for Stewart-Haas Racing. At the All-Star Race a few weeks later, Kevin Harvick came up short to Jamie McMurray who beat Harvick for the $1m purse. The next week, Harvick almost won the Coca-Cola 600 for a third time in 4 years, but a poor pit stop with 250 laps left cost him the race. He recovered for second but finished 5.5555- seconds behind Jimmie Johnson.

Harvick won the poles for the Quicken Loans 400 and Brickyard 400. At the 2014 Irwin Tools Night Race Harvick controlled the race early. His race however turned to for the worse when he controversially made contact with Denny Hamlin while racing for the lead. Hamlin was angry over the collision and replied by angrily throwing his HANS Device at Harvick's car. Harvick was later penalized by NASCAR for speeding on pit road, ensuring a poor finish and a disappointing night for his team.

Other racing[edit]

American Canadian Tour and ARCA REMAX series[edit]

On July 21, 2008, Harvick won $37,300 at the 35th annual TD Bank 250 presented by New England Dodge Dealers in Oxford, Maine. Harvick defeated tour regulars; Glen Luce and Joey Polewarczyk Jr to become the first active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to win the 250. The event is traditionally one of New England's major short track races. Since his 1998 West Series championship, he has competed in four races with one win. He also made two starts in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 1999 for Childress in the #20 Invinca-Shields/Realtree Chevrolet, finishing in the top-five both times.

Kevin Harvick Foundation[edit]

Established in 2010 by Harvick and his wife, DeLana, the mission of the Kevin Harvick Foundation (KHF) is to support programs that enrich the lives of children throughout the United States. The foundation works to not only improve the quality of life, but to help underprivileged youth find and realize their dreams by supporting programs such as the Kevin Harvick Athletic Scholarship Fund at California State University, Bakersfield, a camper cabin at Victory Junction, Baptist Children’s Homes of NC, Boys & Girls Clubs and Kevin’s Krew.

Personal life[edit]

DeLana Harvick at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, 2011.

Kevin Harvick married wife DeLana (Linville) Harvick on February 28, 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada.[1] They had met the previous year at Michigan Speedway where at the time she was working in public relations for fellow driver Randy LaJoie. DeLana had worked in a similar capacity for Jeff Gordon previously and had even dabbled in race driving herself.[2] Her father is former NASCAR Nationwide (then known as Busch) series driver John Paul Linville.

The couple live in Oak Ridge, North Carolina with their son Keelan.[23] The Harvicks also own a vacation home in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. His wife, Delana is an active participant in Harvick's career, co-owning and managing Kevin Harvick Incorporated until its sale, as well as frequently appearing on Harvick's pit box during Sprint Cup races.

Harvick has made several TV talk show appearances during his career on shows such as Late Show with David Letterman, Live with Regis and Kelly, Jim Rome is Burning, and The Tony Danza Show. He was also on the first season of FX's NASCAR Drivers: 360. It took an in-depth look at NASCAR drivers outside the track and the preparation it takes to be a NASCAR driver.[24] Harvick has also been on MTV Cribs. He is an avid fan of the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL.[25][26] He also stated during the ESPN broadcast of the 2011 5-hour Energy 500, while there was a rain delay, that he was a fan of the New York Yankees baseball team. On Aug. 10, 2011, Harvick threw out the ceremonial first pitch between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium.

On Feb. 19, 2011, Harvick's new sponsor, Budweiser hosted "The Roast of Kevin Harvick", which had some of Kevin's opponents and teammates give their thoughts and opinions on the Sprint Cup driver.

He owns a Learjet 31 Private Jet with the tail number N229KD

Nicknames[edit]

Harvick was nicknamed "Happy Harvick" ironically due to his occasional temper outbursts and in fact his pit sign being a smiley face is a play on this nickname.[27] He was called the "Bakersfield Basher" in his early years for his aggressive driving style.

Because of his last-second passes to win many of his races and his ability to start deep in the field and finish towards the front, he was nicknamed "Mr. Where did he come from?" by NASCAR on Fox announcer Mike Joy. In the 2011 season, commentators began referring to Harvick as "The Closer" for his late-passing wins.

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Season Races Wins Poles Top 5 Top 10 DNF Finish Start Points Position Team(s)
2001 35 2 0 6 16 1 14.1 16.1 4,406 9th Richard Childress Racing
2002 35 1 1 5 8 6 22.0 21.6 3,501 21st Richard Childress Racing
2003 36 1 1 11 18 0 12.3 17.7 4,770 5th Richard Childress Racing
2004 36 0 0 5 14 4 16.3 17.7 4,228 14th Richard Childress Racing
2005 36 1 2 3 10 1 17.4 19.2 4,072 14th Richard Childress Racing
2006 36 5 1 15 20 1 12.2 13.5 6,397 4th Richard Childress Racing
2007 36 1 0 4 15 0 15.5 18.4 6,199 10th Richard Childress Racing
2008 36 0 0 7 19 0 12.4 17.6 6,408 4th Richard Childress Racing
2009 36 0 0 5 9 2 19.9 20.9 3,796 19th Richard Childress Racing
2010 36 3 0 16 26 1 8.7 21.1 6,581 3rd Richard Childress Racing
2011 36 4 0 9 19 1 11.5 18.8 2,345 3rd Richard Childress Racing
2012 36 1 0 5 14 2 12.1 14.6 2,321 8th Richard Childress Racing
2013 36 4 1 9 21 2 11.2 15.3 2,385 3rd Richard Childress Racing
2014 25* 2 6 7 12 2 8.8 15.0 721* 7th* Stewart-Haas Racing
Totals 491 25 12 107 221 23 14.0 17.7
Source:[28]

* Season in progress.

Daytona 500 Results[edit]

Year Manufacturer Start Finish Team
2002 Chevrolet 2 36 Childress
2003 Chevrolet 31 4 Childress
2004 Chevrolet 10 4 Childress
2005 Chevrolet 30 28 Childress
2006 Chevrolet 28 14 Childress
2007 Chevrolet 34 1 Childress
2008 Chevrolet 16 14 Childress
2009 Chevrolet 32 2 Childress
2010 Chevrolet 5 7 Childress
2011 Chevrolet 7 42 Childress
2012 Chevrolet 13 7 Childress
2013 Chevrolet 3 42 Childress
2014 Chevrolet 38 13 Stewart-Haas

24 Hours of Daytona[edit]

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