Harvick to Return to Roots in K&N Pro Series West in June

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Former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kevin Harvick will return to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Sonoma Raceway on June 24. The Bakersfield, California native revealed the news on his SiriusXM Radio Show “Happy Hours.” It will be his first start in the series since 2007.

“I’m going to be the old guy that shows up,” said Harvick, who will fittingly pilot the No. 4 ride for Jefferson Pitts Racing. “I have fun when I go do those events. You’d love to win and you want to go out and do that obviously to be competitive, but it’s really, it’s just a series that gave me several breaks and several opportunities to showcase what I did as a kid.”

His last start in the series came at Iowa Speedway in 2007, as noted above. Harvick brought home the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Championship in 1998, a season he secured five victories. Those five victories were the bulk of his six-win career in the series.

Many of today’s stars made their start in the K&N Pro Series. Drivers like Kyle Larson and Joey Logano both won championships in the series, and it’s a place that is looking promising for the future of the sport with drivers like Todd Gilliland, Spencer Davis, Ronnie Bassett Jr., Harrison Burton, Dillon Bassett, Garret Archer, Nicole Behar, and many others who are the future of NASCAR.

“It’s hard for young kids to come up,” Harvick noted. “So, if we can go out there and have fun and bring the west series some exposure and bring some attention to that, that would really be my main goal; to bring some attention to the race, the competitors, all the people that are a part of that series.”

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An Ooltewah, TN native, Christian has been writing since July of 2015. In 2017, Christian transitioned from his own blog to a few different websites, joining OnPitRoad in February. In 2005 Christian attended his first race as a fan at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. He’s been around racing his entire life and enjoys being at the track more than anything. He made his media debut at Bristol in 2015. His favorite tracks are Iowa Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Phoenix. He enjoys talking about racing with just about anyone and makes occasional appearances on numerous radio shows across the country. In his time attending races he’s attended almost ninety races among the six racing series. Along with NASCAR, He loves Minor and Major League Baseball. He’s a Minnesota Twins and Chattanooga Lookouts. He also enjoys watching Iowa State Cyclones college football.

2 Comments

  1. Christian, who’s building the car, will it be one of his old time car owners, his own, a Ford? You have a lot to learn to make a story interesting. My first race was the Winston Western 500. That’s right 500 miles on a road course, when men were real men. Who was the last cup driver’s to run at Sanoma, was it Joey Logano beating David Gilland because he had newer tires? You sound like a fifth grader, I’m sorry just trying to help you out. Do you actually get paid for this story, if so some one please contact me.

    • Hi Steven,

      The car is being prepared by Jefferson Pitts Racing. That information was unknown at the time of publication, and has since been edited into the article. Our job at OPR isn’t to speculate on information, it’s to inform. That’s why the info was missing in the first place.

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