Kevin Harvick 2014 driver profile
January 27, 2014, NASCAR.com
From the start of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season Kevin Harvick – who left Richard Childress Racing for Stewart-Haas Racing during the most recent offseason – proved he was no lame duck. Harvick won Daytona Speedweeks’ Sprint Unlimited and the first non-points Budweiser Duel at Daytona International Speedway. He won four points races overall – at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway during the regular season and Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup stops at Kansas Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway. Harvick didn’t turn a wrong wheel in the Chase; he just was beaten by Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth. He finished third for the third time in his 13-season career. Harvick goes to SHR’s No. 4 Chevrolet SS with 23 wins, 100 top fives, 209 top 10s and six poles. His pole at Kansas was his first in seven years. Harvick also continued to compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for RCR in 2013 with one win (Atlanta Motor Speedway), eight tops fives and 10 top 10s in 11 starts.
In 2012, Harvick fell off the form of previous years that saw him as serious challenger for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. He finished eighth overall. In both 2010 and 2011, Harvick finished third and challenged for the title until nearly the end of the Chase. In 2001, he was named Sunoco Rookie of the Year in NASCAR’s premier series. The Bakersfield, Calif., competitor moved up through RCR’s NASCAR Nationwide program winning series titles in 2001 and 2006. With 40 NASCAR Nationwide Series victories, Harvick stands third on the all-time wins list. Harvick made his national series debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 1995 at the age of 19. He’s won 14 times in the series.
Team: Stewart-Haas Racing
Car: No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS
Birthdate: December 8, 1975
Hometown: Bakersfield, Calif.
Team Owner: Tony Stewart, Gene Haas
Crew Chief: Rodney Childers