Kevin Harvick to drive the 29 one final time


Kevin Harvick, who had announced his retirement from NASCAR at the beginning of the 2023 season, went onto NASCAR Race Hub a few days ago on Fox Sports 1 and announced to the world that for the All-Star race at North Wilkesboro Speedway he would run the 29 car for the final time in his career.

Kevin Harvick said on the show that it was his idea to get his Stewart-Haas Racing team and his former owner, Richard Childress to agree to his idea. As many people know, Kevin Harvick was called to the NASCAR Cup Series after one of the greatest drivers of all-time sadly passed away at Daytona, and had to step up and try to fill the void. He never tried to be “The Intimidator ”, He always wanted to be his own self. He started his career at North Carolina Speedway, also known as Rockingham. And in his third career start he would win at Atlanta Motor Speedway in dramatic fashion over Dale Earnhardt’s fame rival, Jeff Gordon in the newly branded 29 Goodwrench car. It would be his first of two wins of his first season, as he grabbed a win in Chicagoland and would finish eighth in the standings. 

For thirteen of his twenty-three years in the NASCAR Cup Series he would race for Richard Childress Racing and earn twenty-three victories at Richard Childress Racing. He was sometimes at the beginning of his career, considered a “hot head”, and sometimes would have some bad years, but for the majority of his time he would put his 29 car in contention for wins and championships with years like 2006 and 2010 being the most recognizable. He sits second all-time in wins at RCR behind Dale Earnhardt even after 10 years away from the team as the two hall-of-fame drivers account for 90 of the 114 wins for the team, Dale Earnhardt with 67, Kevin Harvick with 23.

With many memorable schemes along the years with RCR like Goodwrench, Reese’s, Pennzoil, Budwieser, and many others. Just like his car that day in Atlanta in 2001, it will be used in the same light as his entire career in the sport, memorable.