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Kevin Harvick
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Harvick at the 2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350
Born Kevin Michael Harvick
December 8, 1975 (1975-12-08) (age 45)
Bakersfield, California
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Achievements 2014 Sprint Cup Series Champion
2001, 2006 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
2018 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race Winner
All-time wins leader at Phoenix International Raceway (9)
Awards 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year
2000 NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year
2001 NASCAR Busch Series Most Popular Driver
1995 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series Rookie of the Year
2015 ESPY Awards Best Driver
NASCAR Cup Series career
657 races run over 19 years
Car no., team No. 4 (Stewart-Haas Racing)
2018 position 3rd
Best finish 1st (2014)
First race 2001 Dura Lube 400 (Rockingham)
Last race 2020 FanShield 500 (Phoenix)
First win 2001 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 (Atlanta)
Last win 2018 AAA Texas 500 (Texas)
Wins Top tens Poles
45 343 28
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
346 races run over 20 years
2018 position 86th
Best finish 1st (2001, 2006)
First race 1999 Kmart 200 (Rockingham)
Last race 2018 Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 (Darlington)
First win 2000 Carquest Auto Parts 250 (Gateway)
Last win 2018 Rinnai 250 (Atlanta)
Wins Top tens Poles
47 259 25
NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series career
123 races run over 18 years
2015 position 88th
Best finish 12th (1999)
First race 1995 Spears Manufacturing 200 (Mesa Marin)
Last race 2015 Pocono Mountains 150 (Pocono)
First win 2002 Chevy Silverado 150 (Phoenix)
Last win 2012 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
14 62 4
Statistics current as of May 6, 2019.

Kevin Michael Harvick (born December 8, 1975), nicknamed "The Closer”, “The Bridesmaid”, and “Happy Harvick,” is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 4 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing. Harvick is the former owner of Kevin Harvick Incorporated, a race team that fielded cars in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series between 2004 and 2011. He is the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and a two-time Xfinity Series champion. Harvick holds the all-time record for Cup Series wins at Phoenix International Raceway with nine wins. Harvick is also the third winningest driver in Xfinity Series history with 47 wins.

Harvick, who began his NASCAR career in 1995, is the third of only five drivers that have won a championship in both the Sprint Cup Series and the Xfinity Series, and the fifth of only thirty-one drivers to win a race in each of NASCAR's three national series with over 100 race wins across three national divisions. Harvick also won the 1998 Winston West Series title with five wins that season.

Early life

Kevin Harvick at the Daytona 500 (cropped)
Kevin Harvick at the Daytona 500 2015

Harvick was born in Bakersfield, California and has a younger sister. Harvick began kart racing at an early age, after his parents bought him a go-kart as a kindergarten graduation gift in 1980. Over the next decade Harvick achieved considerable success on the go-kart racing circuit, earning seven national championships and two 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.

Harvick's father, a firefighter and fixture around the Bakersfield racing scene, 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. When Harvick could not race, such as in the winter, he competed on his high school wrestling team at North High School in Bakersfield winning a CIF Central Section title in his weight class his senior year. Growing up Harvick also participated in baseball, basketball, football, and soccer. Originally intending to attend college and major in architecture, Harvick took classes at Bakersfield College. However he found his heart was in racing and dropped out to continue his racing career full-time.

Harvick has stated countless times that his favorite driver growing up was 4-time Indy 500 champion Rick Mears who grew up at and was an idol of Bakersfield, California.

Early career

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Harvick's 1997 Winston West car

Harvick made his Craftsman Truck Series (now known as Camping World Truck Series) debut in 1995 at the Mesa Marin Raceway, in his hometown of Bakersfield, where he started and finished 27th in his family-owned No. 72. He drove four races in the No. 72 the next season, his best finish was 11th at Mesa Marin. In 1997, he signed to drive the No. 75 for Spears Motorsports mid-season, posting two eighth-place finishes.

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Harvick's 1997 truck

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 (now known as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West) 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 first real 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 No. 98 Porter Cable Ford for Liberty Racing.

Personal life

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DeLana Harvick at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May 2011

Harvick married wife DeLana (Linville) Harvick on February 28, 2001, in Las Vegas, Nevada, shortly after his Sprint Cup Series debut. They had met the previous year at Michigan International Speedway where at the time she was working in public relation, DeLana had even dabbled in race driving herself. Her father is former NASCAR Xfinity Series driver John Paul Linville.

The couple live in Charlotte, North Carolina with their son and daughter. His wife, DeLana is an active participant in Harvick's career, co-owning and working with KHI Management LLC a Sports Management Agency, as well as frequently appearing on Harvick's pit box during Sprint Cup races.

Other ventures

Kevin Harvick at Thunder Valley (NXS)
Kevin Harvick at the Bristol Motor Speedway 2015

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.

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.

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Kevin Harvick during driver introductions at the 2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350

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.

Harvick has also been on MTV Cribs. He is an avid fan of the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL.

He also stated during the ESPN broadcast of the 2011 5-hour Energy 500 that he was a fan of the New York Yankees baseball team. On August 10, 2011, Harvick threw out the ceremonial first pitch between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium.

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