Kevin Harvick will add a little extracurricular racing to his schedule during NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race week at North Wilkesboro, as the driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford will pilot the No. 62 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford in the CARS Tour event at the iconic short track.
Harvick’s CARS Tour entry will be fielded by Kevin Harvick, Inc., which has been shuttered for 12 years.
Harvick, who made the announcement on Wednesday, is excited to try out North Wilkesboro and to compete in the CARS Tour, which he is part-owner of.
“I’m excited to get to North Wilkesboro and compete in the CARS Tour,” said Harvick. “I’ve watched Dale (Earnhardt, Jr.) go out and have fun racing with these guys and I’ve been kind of jealous watching from the sidelines. I want to go out, have fun, get to know the racers who compete in these series regularly and see how I can help the drivers with my racing knowledge. Short-track racing really is the root that feeds into the higher series and everything we do in racing. The best way to make sure that continues and is strong is to be a part of it and racing at North Wilkesboro is just one of those steps. It’s going to be a great week with all we have planned between the late model and the Cup car.”
The CARS Tour event at North Wilkesboro will take place on Wednesday, May 17th.
Harvick released a video, which showcases his No. 62 Ford Mustang late model. Harvick also revealed that while North Wilkesboro will mark the first start for KHI in the CARS Tour Series, the team intends to run more events as well.
— Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) March 22, 2023
For Delana Harvick, the No. 62 holds special meaning as that was the number that her father John Linville utilized during his racing career.
“I grew up watching my dad compete for our family-owned team and traveling to the racetrack every week with him,” said DeLana Harvick. “When it was time for Keelan to pick a number, he wanted the No. 62 to remember his Paw Paw John and to set himself apart from Kevin. He really wants to be known as his own racer. To see my dad’s number running again with Keelan and now with Kevin, is really special to our family.”
Back in January, Kevin Harvick was part of a new ownership group that was announced for the CARS Tour. Joining Harvick as part-owner of the Southeast short track racing series were Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Justin Marks.