Birthdate: December 8, 1975
Hometown: Bakersfield, California
Children: Keelan, Piper
Hobbies: Golf, family time, racing
Car: No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Organization: Stewart-Haas Racing
Crew Chief: Rodney Childers
Engine Builder: Roush-Yates Engines
First Full Season: 2001
First Start: February 26, 2001 (Rockingham)
First Win: March 11, 2001 (Atlanta)
First Pole: July 4, 2002 (Daytona)
Playoff Berths: 16 (series-most)
Best Points Finish: 1st (2014)
- 2014 NASCAR Cup Series Champion – the first season of the elimination-style Playoffs in the series.
- Has qualified for the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Championship 4 Round a series-most five times (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019) – tied with Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Joey Logano for the most appearances.
- Has earned a spot in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs a series-most 16 times – tied with Denny Hamlin for the most all-time.
- 2007 DAYTONA 500 winner
- Two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion (2001, 2006)
- Three-time NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series Owner Champion with wife DeLana Harvick (2007, 2009, 2011)
- 2001 NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year
- 1998 ARCA Menards Series West Champion
YEAR-BY-YEAR NASCAR CUP SERIES RECAP
2022: Finished the season 15th in the NASCAR Cup Series championship standings in his ninth year with Stewart-Haas Racing. … Qualified for the series Playoffs for a series-leading 16th-time in his career – tied with Denny Hamlin for the series-most but was eliminated in the Round 16. … Posted back-to-back wins at Michigan and Richmond-2. … Tallied nine top fives and 17 top 10s on the year. … Led 119 laps. … Average start, 17.5. … Average finish, 14.3.
2021: Finished the season fifth in the NASCAR Cup Series championship standings in his eighth year with Stewart-Haas Racing. … Ended an 11-year winning streak in the NASCAR Cup Series after finishing this season winless. … Qualified for the series Playoffs for the 15th-time in his career – tied with Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch for the series-most, but was eliminated in the Round 12. … Tallied 10 top fives and 24 top 10s on the year. … Led 217 laps. … Average start, 9.7. … Average finish, 10.9.
2020: Finished the season fifth in the NASCAR Cup Series championship standings in his seventh year with Stewart-Haas Racing. … Posted a career-high nine wins and won NASCAR Cup Series Regular Season championship. … Became first driver in the Modern Era to win back-to-back races on consecutive days at the same track in the NASCAR Cup Series with his sweep at Michigan (Aug. 8 and 9). … Qualified for the series Playoffs for the 14th-time in his career but was eliminated in the Round 8. … Tallied 20 top fives and 27 top 10s on the year. … Led 1,513 laps; his fifth time in his career he has led more than a 1,000 laps in a season. … Average start, 7.7. … Average finish, 7.3.
2019: Harvick made his fifth Championship 4 appearance in the last six years. …He finished third in the points standings behind Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. and was the only Ford driver in the final four. …Harvick won four races: New Hampshire, Michigan-2, Indianapolis, and Texas-2. …He ended the season with 15 top fives, 26 top 10s, which earned him the season’s Busch Pole Award. …Harvick led 953 laps throughout the season and had an average start of 8.5 and average finish of 10.0. …His 16 years between victories at Indianapolis (2003 and 2019) are the most between wins in any racing series that competes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
2018: A career year statistically was punctuated by his fourth Championship 4 appearance in the last five years. …. Harvick finished third in the championship and won a career best eight races: at Atlanta, Las Vegas-1, Phoenix-1, Dover-1, Kansas-1, New Hampshire, Michigan-2 and Texas-2. … He now has 45 career NASCAR Cup Series victories. …. His 23 top-five finishes tied a career high mark (2015) and his 29 top-10 finishes set a career high mark.… He averaged an 8.8 average start and average finish. …. He led 1,990 laps.
2017: Finished third in the standings qualifying for final four in three of the past four years. …He won on the Sonoma road course and Texas high banks and his 23 top-10s marked the fifth consecutive year with at least 20 top-10 finishes. …
2016: Finished eighth in series points. … Made the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season. … Scored four wins, including Phoenix-1, Bristol-2, New Hampshire-2 and Kansas-2. … Two poles – Richmond-1, Kentucky. … Posted 17 top fives and 27 top 10s. … Led 1,384 laps. … Finished 33 of the 36 events; including 29 of them on the lead lap. … Average start, 11.7. … Average finish, 9.9. … Completed 97.07 percent of his laps attempted – 13th-most. … Was eliminated from the playoffs in the Round of 8; primarily due to him not accumulating any wins or enough points in the Round of 8 to make the Championship 4.
2015: Finished second in series points. … Led a career-high 2,294 laps … Became first driver to lead more than 2,000 laps in consecutive seasons since Jeff Gordon in 1995-96. … Scored series-high and career-high 23 top fives … 28 top 10s were a career high and tied Joey Logano for a series high. … Scored 13 runner-up finishes, the most since Bobby Allison (15) in 1970. … Made the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the second consecutive season. … Scored three wins, including consecutive wins at Las Vegas and Phoenix-1, and another at Dover-2 to earn a spot in the Round of 12. … Career-high average start of 8.4. … Average finish of 8.7 matched a career-high.
2014: Won first NASCAR Cup Series championship. … Became the 30th champion in the 66-year history of the NCS. … Joined Stewart-Haas Racing after spending first 13 years of career with Richard Childress Racing. … Won five races, including the final two of the season, Phoenix-2 and Homestead-Miami, events he had to win in order to capture the title. … Swept Phoenix and is all-time winningest driver at the track with six victories. … Ranked first in series with a career-best eight poles. … Led series in laps led (2,137), percentage of laps led (20.3%) and driver rating (110.5). … Average finish of 12.9. … Average start of 9.1.
2013: Finished third in series points, tying career-best finish. … Made fourth consecutive Playoff berth, as the fourth seed. … Earned pole at Kansas-2, his first since 2006 and his sixth overall. … Average start, 15.3. … Four wins, at Richmond-1, Charlotte-1, Kansas-2 and Phoenix-2. … Fourth consecutive season with a victory. … Average finish, 11.2. … Completed 96.7 percent of laps attempted. … Led 269 laps.
2012: Finished eighth in series points. … Made third consecutive Playoff berth, as the ninth seed. …. Swapped crew chief Gil Martin for Shane Wilson before the penultimate regular season race. Martin, who remains in the position for 2013, led Harvick to his lone win and five of his 14 season top-10 finishes in the last 12 events. … Best start, second three times, at Martinsville-1, Kansas-1 and Michigan-1. … Average start, 14.6. … Won at Phoenix-2, third consecutive season with a win. … Average finish, 12.1. … Completed career-best tying (2003) 99.6 percent of laps attempted. … Led 256 laps, least of last three seasons.
2011: Tied career-best third-place finish in series points. … Made Playoffs as a second seed. … Four wins, at Auto Club, Martinsville-1, Charlotte-1 and Richmond-2, best since 2006. … Average finish of 11.5. … Best start, fifth at Martinsville-2. … Average start, 18.8. … 403 laps led best total since 2006; led laps in 17 races.
2010: Finished career-best third in series points. … Made the Playoffs for fourth time in last five seasons after missing in 2009. … Broke 115-race winless streak (since 2007 Daytona 500) at Talladega in the spring, won twice more (Daytona-2 and Michigan-2). … Led standings 21 of first 26 weeks, had 228-point lead when points were re-set at start of the Playoffs. …. Won second consecutive Clash to start season. … Ended season with eight consecutive top-10 finishes.
2009: Finished 19th in series points. … Had his worst points finish since 2002 (21st). … Failed to win a race for second straight year. … His 159 laps led were the fewest of his career. … Failed to qualify for the Playoffs for the first time since 2005. … Won Clash to start season. … Was second and in a strong position to win a second Daytona 500 when rain halted the race after 152 laps.
2008: Finished fourth in series points. … 19 top-10 finishes tied for series’ fifth-best total. … Best race finishes were seconds at Bristol spring race and the season finale at Homestead. … Led 80 laps at Richmond in September en route to seventh-place finish. … Second consecutive season of having no DNFs.
2007: Finished 10th in series points. … Started year winning Daytona 500 by merely .020-second over Mark Martin. … Qualified for the Playoffs, but highest advancement in the Playoff standings was fifth. … Finished second in road-course race at Sonoma.
2006: Finished fourth in series points. … Qualified for the Playoffs for the first time. … Victory at Watkins Glen was first road-course win in NASCAR Cup. … Won first Playoff race, at New Hampshire, to take over the series points lead. Engine problem the following week at Dover led to 32nd-place finish and a drop to fifth in the Playoffs standings. … Five victories included a sweep of the two Phoenix races.
2005: Finished 14th in series points. … Sole victory came at Bristol spring race. … Had poles at Talladega spring race and Richmond fall race. … Season-high point position was sixth, after Bristol win. … Fell out of contention for Chase field with only one top-10 finish in the 10 races preceding the Playoff’s “cut-off” race at Richmond.
2004: Finished 14th in series points. … Then-career-best fourth-place finish in Daytona 500. … Best finish for season overall was a second-place effort at Talladega. … First season without a win. … Placed on probation in June and November for separate incidents.
2003: Finished fifth in series points. … Season highlight was winning the pole and the race at Indianapolis. … Crew chief Todd Berrier replaced Gil Martin beginning with Bristol event in March. … Win at Indianapolis began a five-race streak of top-five finishes, solidifying him as a title contender. … Improved to second in points after a fourth-place finish at Dover in September. … Slid to sixth in the championship race after finishing 20th at Atlanta and 34th at Phoenix. … Completed career-best 99.6 percent of laps attempted.
2002: Finished 21st in series points. … Won at Chicagoland Speedway, his second consecutive win at the track. … Started on the pole at Daytona for the Pepsi 400. … Placed on probation in April for incident in NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series and was barred from competing in spring Martinsville race as part of that penalty.
2001: Finished ninth in series points. … Earned Cup Rookie of the Year honors and won the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship. … Competed in 35 Cup races, taking over as driver of the Chevrolets owned by Richard Childress after the death of seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt in season-opening Daytona 500. … Won in his third career start, edging Jeff Gordon at Atlanta Motor Speedway by .006 second. … Won inaugural race at Chicagoland Speedway.
OTHER RACING HISTORY
In 2021, Harvick competed in three NASCAR Xfinity Series races for B.J. McLeod Motorsports posting one top five and two top 10s. He also competed in one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Dirt for DGR Team; he started 30th and finished 15th. … After spending entire NASCAR career with Richard Childress Racing beginning in 2001 (a span of 466 starts), moved to Stewart-Haas Racing at the conclusion of 2013 season. … In 2014, won four NASCAR Xfinity Series races and never finished outside the top 10 in 15 starts. … In 2013, claimed one NXS victory, Atlanta. … In 2012, won twice in 13 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts, his first win in that series since 2010. … Won a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race for the fifth consecutive season, but the first time in 14 career series wins in which he didn’t own the truck, which in 2012 was owned by Richard Childress. … In 2011, won four of 10 Camping World Truck Series starts, with nine top-five and 10 top-10 finishes, in his own Kevin Harvick Inc. equipment. … 2001 and 2006 Xfinity Series champion. … In 2009, named Xfinity Series “Driver of the Decade,” leading all series drivers with 34 victories in that period. … In 2009, won first Xfinity Series race in a car owned by Kevin Harvick Inc. … In 2002, won first Camping World Truck Series race in a truck owned by Kevin Harvick Inc. … 2002 International Race of Champions champion in rookie season. … In 2000, won rookie of the year honors in the Xfinity Series, winning three races and two poles on his way to a third-place finish in points. … Won 1998 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship. … Was NASCAR Southwest Series Rookie of the Year in 1995, winning at Tucson and finishing 11th in points. … Won the 1993 late model championship at Mesa Marin Raceway in his hometown of Bakersfield, Calif. … Began racing karts at age 5, winning seven national titles and two Grand National championships.
Has spent a lot of his off time with his family and helping his son Keelan’s racing career recently. … He and wife DeLana have two children, son Keelan and Piper … KHI Management, a sports and entertainment management company owned by Kevin Harvick, represents athletes, including PGA golfers Chesson Hadley, James Hahn, Anirban Lahiri and Vaughn Taylor; UFC fighter Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, NASCAR drivers Harrison Burton, Ty Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., and Ryan Preece. … Harvick and wife, DeLana, formed the Kevin Harvick Foundation in 2010 to support programs that positively enrich the lives of children throughout the United States. … The foundation funded the construction of the Kevin Harvick Youth Development Park in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 2015, followed by another park in Harvick’s hometown of Bakersfield in 2016, and a third park in Vero Beach, Florida, called the The Jake Owen Field. A fourth park in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the latest in a string of projects with the Cal Ripken, Sr., Foundation and was it completed in February 2020 in conjunction with the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club. Each park, located in an underserved community, features a synthetic-surface, outdoor field suitable for soccer, baseball, flag football and lacrosse. … Has won races in all three NASCAR national touring series. … Founded Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) with co-owner and wife DeLana in 2001 and debuted NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry in a partnership with longtime associate Rick Carelli, at Richmond in September. … Grew team to field multiple full-time entries in NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck series, earning NCWTS owners’ championships in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Closed KHI racing operation after 2011 season, transferring Xfinity Series programs to Richard Childress Racing and selling CRAFTSMAN Truck Series programs. … Married wife DeLana Linville in Las Vegas on Feb. 28, 2001, two days after he made his debut in the NASCAR Cup Series.