During the 2001 season, Kevin Harvick planned to run a limited Cup Series schedule. This all changed when Dale Earnhardt tragically passed away in the Daytona 500. Harvick took over a week after the unfortunate accident and drove the renumbered No. 29 Chevrolet.
Three weeks after Earnhardt’s passing, Harvick won the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500, barely edging out Earnhardt’s rival Jeff Gordon for his first Cup Series victory. He then won a second time this season in Chicago.
In 2014, Kevin Harvick reached the peak of his career, winning his first Cup series title and five races. Since his championship, he has one second place, a fifth place, and three third-place finishes in 2020.
Retirement Has Been a Topic of Discussion
Despite showing great consistency by finishing near the top of NASCAR in the season-ending standings in the last six years with nearly 30 wins, he’s been pushed by questions about his retirement for years. In 2019, he was questioned about when he would put the helmet for the last time. Speculations were that he might be headed to the broadcast booth to replace the retiring Darrell Waltrip.
Kevin Harvick’s Message to His Fans
In March 2019, Harvick announced that he would not be getting out of the race car. He said that he felt comfortable with where he was, in the race car, where his home life is. He also claims that he feels fairly confident that being a part of the TV side of things is something he wants to do in the future, but it’s not going to happen in the next couple of years.