Kevin Harvick refuses to rule out a return to NASCAR via Xfinity and Truck Series in the future
Kevin Harvick might once again race in the Truck and Xfinity series where he has 14 and 47 wins respectively.
Kevin Harvick (Via IMAGO)
Stewart Haas Racing legend Kevin Harvick marked the final race of his Cup career at the Phoenix season finale last Sunday. The 2014 NASCAR Cup Champion has confirmed that he has no plans to race in the Cup ever again. But he has admitted that he is open to future racing in Xfinity and Truck Series.
But his primary objective after spending valuable time with his family is his new Fox Sports rules. He is set to join the media giant as a broadcaster and join the likes of Mike Joy and ex-racer Clint Bowyer in the NASCAR booth. Harvick is expected to bring the unique perspective of a champion driver to the booth.
Harvick, when asked about a potential return to the sport as part-time, rules out Cup but said he is open to Xfinity Series. But he admitted that in order to do that, he needs to consult someone like Dale Earnhardt Jr. about racing in the Xfinity series. It seems like he wants to emulate Dale Jr., who is doing both his NBC broadcasting role as well as racing a couple of times in the second division.
I think that’s something I would have to lean on somebody like [Dale Earnhardt Jr.] to say, ‘Is that worth doing it? I think the Xfinity stuff is something – I want to make sure that I do a really good job for FOX. Until I get done with that, and once I get done in June and say, ‘Maybe we can fit this in; this looks like a good weekend, and we could do it?’Harvick said, as reported by Jayski’s.
Why will Kevin Harvick never race in the Cup series again?
Harvick has a clear answer on why he won’t race in the Cup series ever again. He understands that as a veteran part-timer, he can’t be competitive. Competition is a thing Harvick will miss the most and won’t miss the most in NASCAR. So, it’s no surprise he has ruled out the return.
I’m not going to drive Cup ever again. I can’t be competitive, I can’t make myself go there and say, ‘I’m looking for a top 30.’ That’s what it would be. You would be lucky to run 30th.
Harvick does have plans to run some late-model races in the future since most of those are Tuesday and Thursday-night events. He might also explore racing in Tony Stewarts’ SRX Championship, as well as maybe some CARS Tour appearances.
I think I could race the super late model during the week because they have a lot of Tuesday night races and Thursday night races. I need to go drive it first.
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