WATCH: Kevin Harvick Shares a Special Moment With His Son Keelan at Michigan

Published 08/22/2021, 10:25 AM EDT
AVONDALE, AZ – MARCH 09: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Ford, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway on March 9, 2019 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)


Aside from being a great racing driver, Kevin Harvick is also a loving father. Back in 2019 at the Michigan International Speedway, Harvick gave his son Keelan a truly unforgettable memory. Harvick Sr started the race from second on the grid and stormed to Victory Lane. And During his celebration, he allowed Keelan a chance to ride with him.

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Of course, the 2014 Cup Series champion gave him sufficient warnings. This included telling him to plug his ears and that certain parts of the car are scalding hot. Additionally, he took things pretty slow on his Victory Lap. However, it did not stop him from performing a massive burnout on the track, to his son’s delight.

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This was Harvick’s second consecutive victory at Michigan and a truly special one. This was also his second win of four during the 2019 season, the first of which broke his 19-race win drought. His other race wins came at Indianapolis and at Texas.

How did Kevin Harvick perform in the race?

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It is worth mentioning that Kevin Harvick pulled off a strategic masterclass at the race, especially in terms of fuel strategy. As a result, he was able to cruise home, while runner-up Denny Hamlin was forced to ease off the throttle to save fuel. Meanwhile, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr., and Daniel Suarez rounded out the top five.

DARLINGTON, SC – APRIL 12: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on April 12, 2014 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Nick Laham/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Additionally, the likes of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano were unable to efficiently manage their fuel. Owing to that, the Penske teammates had to dive into the pit lane for extra fuel.

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Others who fell afoul of this were Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer, and it cost them dearly. To be precise, Johnson ultimately finished 34th while Bowyer hit the wall hard and got classified in 37th. This did not bode well for the Stewart-Haas and the Hendrick Motorsports drivers, as they were on the playoff bubble.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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