NASCAR Driver of the Year – Mike Harvick
Harvick began his season on an unfavorable note, crashing early in Duel 2 of the Gander RV Duels at Daytona. He’d end up finishing 31st.
He found success in both Truck Series and Cup series races, finishing 21st overall in points in each year and running full schedule for owner Childress the next season.
Early Life and Education
At age 5, Kevin Harvick received a go-kart from his parents JoNell and Mike. Over 10 years he raced it, winning seven national and two grand national championships as well as being four-time Cup Series and two-time Xfinity Series champion.
He was born and raised in Bakersfield, California before moving with his family to Oildale for their upbringing and now resides there with DeLana as their partner.
They are generous philanthropists, giving back regularly to Bakersfield through their foundation, which offers college scholarships to Bakersfield students and built a wrestling room at North High School; additionally they provided golf team equipment. Furthermore, the couple founded Kevin Harvick Incorporated – an industry racing and marketing firm which began operations from their garage.
Harvick gained notice for his impressive racing credentials as a go-kart racer, winning multiple national and Grand National titles. These successes caught NASCAR’s eye and allowed them to offer him full-time participation in their top Series.
He dominated the season with several impressive wins and an outstanding run in the Chase for the Championship, including winning Aaron’s 499 after an intense green-white-checker finish against Jamie McMurray to secure his fifth consecutive appearance in this race series’ Chase for the Championship.
Since joining SHR, Harvick has experienced unprecedented success, posting an unprecedented nine victories and 23 top-10 finishes in just 36 races – an all-time series best. Additionally, he won the Xfinity Series championship for a second time and eclipsed 2,000 laps led. Harvick has made numerous TV appearances, such as FX’s NASCAR Drivers 360 season one premiere episode as well as ESPN Late Night with Jimmy Fallon premiere episode.
Achievement and Honors
Harvick has amassed numerous race victories while building an outstanding legacy off of it. Together with DeLana, Harvick established the Kevin Harvick Foundation in 2010 to support programs that empower children to follow their dreams and reach for them.
Harvick found success elusive throughout 2018, yet his perseverance and tireless work ethic enabled him to stay competitive, ultimately earning him fourth-place finish in the Chase for the Cup Series at season’s end.
Harvick is also an avid supporter of Bakersfield families and charities through various foundation programs. Each year he hosts an annual charity golf tournament there as well. Together with DeLana, they are raising their two children: Keelan and Piper who reside in Charlotte.
Harvick has made several television talk show appearances during his career, such as The Late Show with David Letterman, Live with Regis and Kelly, Jim Rome is Burning and The Tony Danza Show. Additionally, FX’s NASCAR Drivers 360 provides an in-depth look into drivers lives beyond racing; Harvick enjoys golfing with family as well as attending sporting events with them.
Harvick had an extraordinary season. He won two races and posted 16 Top 10 finishes – an astounding achievement which speaks volumes for his abilities and consistency.
Harvick answered the challenge with skill and gusto, racing his best throughout a challenging race to claim an unforgettable victory and cement his name in racing history. With steel nerves and undivided focus he crossed the finish line first to secure an unprecedented triumphant triumph that will go down as one of Harvick’s signature moments.
Harvick got off to an impressive start in 2020 by finishing fourth in Duel 2 of the Bluegreen Vacations Duels at Daytona. From there he went on to win races at Las Vegas, Fontana and Phoenix before the season was cut short due to COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally he took home pole position at Gateway International Raceway as well as notching 50 career victories in Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington.