Kevin Harvick is scheduled to return to short track racing in 2018

And he’s doing it in his hometown!

On, March 15th, 2018 Kevin Harvick will return to short track racing. He is scheduled to run at Kern County Raceway.

That race is in between two NASCAR Cup Series events on the West Coast. The week before the MENCS rolls into Phoenix Raceway. Then, the following week, they head to Auto Club Speedway. In between, Kevin Harvick will do some short track racing.

Kern County Raceway is one of the newest short tracks in the country. The rare, state of the art short facility opened in 2013. It’s a .5 mile paved oval in the desert of California.

K&N Pro Series
Kern County Raceway

“On a Thursday night. That’s right,” Kevin Harvick announces his return to short track racing.

“I will be driving the Jefferson Pitts Racing, Fields sponsored Ford in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series at Kern County Raceway.”

Kern County Raceway - Bakersfield, CA
Kern County Raceway – Bakersfield, CA

“It will be the first time that I’ve ever actually raced at the Kern County Raceway in Bakersfield, CA. I obviously grew up in Bakersfield. I’ve raced at Mesa Marin several times, I’ve raced at the Bakersfield Speedway.”

“But, I’ve never actually found the right time to go back. I just think it’s the right time for myself. Bill Mcinally and some of the folks from NASCAR have been working hard to put some emphasis on the NASCAR K&N West Series.”

Kevin Harvick in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series event at Sonoma Raceway
Kevin Harvick in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series event at Sonoma Raceway

“A lot of this stemmed from when I went and ran the West race at Sonoma and were able to win the race. Just to see the impact that it made. Will Rogers finished 2nd in that race, then we had him on the show and he went on to win a couple East races.”

“To see the impact that it had on him and his situation. And to walk up and down pit road and see the people that I haven’t seen. And to get the feedback from being in the race. It felt to me like something i could make an impact on.”

“Going back, to try to help West Coast racing, it just felt like the K&N West was the right thing to do. It’s a series where I won the championship in 1998 and helped me get to where I’m at today.”

“Bakersfield, in general, has been a huge part of my racing career with the Collins family.”

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Kevin Harvick | Jefferson Pitts Racing | Kern County Raceway | NASCAR K&N Pro Series