Kevin Harvick Opens Up on His Future in NASCAR in “Much Different Culture and Environment”

Published 02/08/2021, 10:30 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 10: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Beer Car2Can Ford, looks on during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR has been forced to run condensed race weekends. In light of this, Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick has been re-assessing his priorities. He recently spoke about the effect that the tweaked calendar has had on himself.

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Speaking to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, he acknowledged that the situation is a lot different from before. Harvick admitted that he has often had such conversations in the past couple of years. He harked back to a time when Mark Martin asked him why he would ever consider quitting. This is largely because, drivers put in much less time, compared to the testing they do.

Kevin Harvick said, “Its a much different culture and environment than what it was five years ago, compared to what it is today. That time is much more manageable than what it used to be, because of the number of days you’re required to be at the race track. I think you have to see what that evolution looks like. We go back to little more practice than what we have in the past. I think you just have to re-evaluate where you are in a couple of years.”

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What lies ahead of Kevin Harvick in 2021?

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Last year was one of the biggest missed opportunities for Harvick. After dominating much of the regular season, he faltered at the wrong place at the wrong time. As a result of that, he missed out on a crucial Championship 4 slot, after botching a last gasp attempt.

Nov 1, 2020; Martinsville, VA, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth (42) during the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

This time, he will be out for redemption and will want to grab that elusive second Cup title. Of course, the journey will not be easy, especially when he has to recreate his dream 2020 regular season. From there, he has to position himself in just the right places to earn that championship 4 spot and a stab at the title.

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