NASCAR’s Kevin Harvick will retire after the 2023 season, the 22-year veteran announced Thursday morning on social media.
Kevin Harvick to retire after 2023 Nascar Cup Series.
Harvick made his Craftsman 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.
2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick has announced that he will retire from full-time competitive racing following the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season.
The 2023 season was the last year of his current contract with Stewart-Haas Racing as a Cup driver. Last month during the NASCAR Awards, the 47-year-old, however, confirmed that an announcement would be made regarding his future before the commencement of the 2023 season.
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.
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 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, finishing 12th in points with six top-fives.
“I’m always ready for a new season. It presents new challenges, and it forces you to find new ways to outsmart and outrun the competition. But come November, when the checkered flag drops at the season finale in Phoenix it will also be my final race as a NASCAR Cup Series driver,” Harvick said. “It’s time to call time.”
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