Harvick, Labonte show off their arms

June 19, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Drivers throw out opening pitches at Cincinnati Reds game

Photos courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to California this weekend for its first foray to a road course this season. It’s a homecoming of sorts for Kevin Harvick, who grew up racing about 300 miles south of Sonoma Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif.

Harvick, though, isn’t taking in the sights around his home state. In fact, for one night earlier this week, he wasn’t even in his home state.

The driver of the No. 29 Chevrolet joined fellow veteran Bobby Labonte in Ohio on Monday as the two threw out the opening pitches to the Cincinnati Reds-Pittsburgh Pirates game at Great American Ball Park.

Prior to their show of arms, the two signed autographs for Reds fans in an appearance ahead of the Sprint Cup Series’ race at Kentucky Speedway, which is less than 45 minutes from Cincinnati.

The Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 29. All three national NASCAR series will be in Kentucky next week.

Below are some pictures from the event:

Bobby Labonte, left, and Kevin Harvick got to show off their arms at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

The NASCAR drivers made an appearance in Cincinnati in advance of next week's race at nearby Kentucky Speedway.

Bobby Labonte signed autographs during his day at the park.