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December 13, 2023

Kevin Harvick 2023 season in review

Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Light Harvick Ford, spends time with his daughter, Piper Harvick on the grid
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Editor’s note: This continues the series where we review the top 20 in 2023 NASCAR Cup Series points.

Season in review: Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Crew Chief: Rodney Childers
Final 2023 Ranking: 13th
Key stats: 0 wins, six top fives, 14 top 10s, 157 laps led

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How 2023 ended: The 2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion finished out his certain NASCAR Hall of Fame career with a top-10 finish (seventh) in the Phoenix Raceway finale, leading 37 laps at a venue where he is the all-time winningest driver with nine wins and an amazing 31 top-10 efforts in 42 starts. It is indicative of the 47-year-old’s storied career. And he concluded the competitive part of that with his head held high – qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs for the 14th consecutive season.

Best race: Harvick earned the best finish – runner-up – of his farewell season at the Darlington spring race, finishing a scant 0.781 seconds behind Hendrick Motorsports’ William Byron for the win. He led the race twice and was passed by Byron for the trophy with only two laps remaining.

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Other season highlights: Twice Harvick put together a strong run of top-10 finishes, including a summer streak of four consecutive from the Loudon one-miler to the Pocono 2.5-miler to the Richmond short track and wide-open Michigan two-miler where Harvick has six career wins, including three consecutively from 2019-2020.

Stat to Know: Harvick’s streak of 14 straight playoff appearances is the longest in NASCAR Cup Series history. He finishes with 60 career NASCAR Cup Series wins, the 2014 title and two NASCAR Xfinity Series championships (2001 and 2006).

Quotable: “It’s been an emotional roller coaster for sure. I think as you look at this last week, this really means a lot to me just because I love driving the race car, I love being around the people more. I love our sport. It’s given our family so much through the years to be thankful for and proud of. I can’t wait to be able to walk in that tunnel with my head up and look around, just look at all the really cool things that are NASCAR racing in every venue that we go to with great fans and people all over the place.”

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Looking ahead: While Harvick’s No. 4 SHR Ford will have a new driver next year in NASCAR Xfinity Series standout Josh Berry, Harvick will still be a consistent part of the sport. He will join the FOX Sports television booth calling the racing action for the first half of the season – the 2007 Daytona 500 winner starting those full-time duties, appropriately enough, with the Feb. 18 season-opening Daytona 500.