Kevin Harvick Bio, Age, Height, Weight, Career & Net Worth

Biography

Kevin Harvick is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 4 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing. Harvick is the former owner of Kevin Harvick Incorporated, a race team that fielded cars in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series between 2004 and 2011. Kevin Harvick is the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and a two-time Xfinity Series champion. Harvick holds the all-time record for Cup Series wins at Phoenix International Raceway with nine wins. Harvick is also the third-winningest driver in Xfinity Series history with 47 wins. Harvick’s 112 combined wins currently rank him 3rd all-time in NASCAR history, behind Richard Petty and Kyle Busch respectively.

Early Life

Harvick was born in 1975 in Bakersfield, California, to parents Mike and JoNell (Walker) Kevin Harvick, and has a younger sister, Amber. He began kart racing at an early age after his parents bought him a go-kart as a kindergarten graduation gift. Harvick grew up a fan of IndyCar driver and fellow Bakersfield native Rick Mears and raced go-karts with Mears’ son Clint. He achieved considerable success on the go-kart racing circuit, earning seven national championships and two Grand National championships.

Early Career

Harvick made his Craftsman Truck Series debut in 1995 at the Mesa Marin Raceway, in his hometown of Bakersfield, where he started and finished 27th in his family-owned No. 72. Kevin Harvick drove four races in the No. 72 the next season, his best finish was 11th at Mesa Marin. In 1997, he signed to drive the No. 75 for Spears Motorsports mid-season, posting two eighth-place finishes. He ran a full schedule the next season, posting 3 top-fives and finishing 17th in points.

Harvick also moved up to the NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series in 1997, and in 1998 Harvick won five races on his way to the Winston West Series championship while driving for Spears. Kevin Harvick received his first real national exposure during the winter of 1997/1998 on ESPN2’s coverage of the NASCAR Winter Heat Series at Tucson Raceway Park. In 1999, he drove the No. 98 Porter-Cable Ford for Liberty Racing, finishing 12th in points with six top-fives.

Championship season

On November 9, 2012, it was reported that Harvick would drive for Stewart-Haas Racing beginning in 2014 once his longtime contract expired with Richard Childress Racing. When Harvick was later asked if this was true at the Cup race in Phoenix, Kevin Harvick refused to give a definite answer. He was repeatedly asked by reporters in victory lane at Phoenix and at the Championship buffet in Las Vegas, but he continued to refuse to answer.

However, at the same time, Richard Childress gave remarks to reporters, fans, and on his social media pages that confirmed Harvick was most likely leaving the team after 2013, and that he desired a ride at Stewart-Haas Racing.

American Canadian Tour and ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series

On July 21, 2008, Harvick won $37,300 at the 35th annual TD Bank 250 presented by New England Dodge Dealers in Oxford, Maine. Harvick defeated tour regulars; Glen Luce and Joey Polewarczyk Jr to become the first active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to win the 250. The event is traditionally one of New England’s major short track races. Since his 1998 West Series championship, he has competed in four races with one win. Kevin Harvick also made two starts in the ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series in 1999 for Childress in the No. 20 Invincea-Shields/Realtree Chevrolet, finishing in the top-five both times.

Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick

Personal life

Kevin Harvick tied a knot to wife DeLana (Linville) Harvick on February 28, 2001, in Las Vegas, Nevada, shortly after his Cup Series debut. They had met the previous year at Michigan International Speedway where at the time she was working in public relations for fellow driver Randy LaJoie. DeLana had worked in a similar capacity for Jeff Gordon previously and had even dabbled in race driving herself. Her father is former Busch Series driver John Paul Linville. DeLana is an active participant in Harvick’s career, co-owning and working with KHI Management LLC, as well as frequently appearing on Harvick’s pit box during Cup races.

Harvick in June 2006

The couple lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with their son Keelan, who was born on July 8, 2012, and daughter Piper Harvick, born on December 28, 2017.

Kevin Harvick is an avid fan of the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL. He also stated during the ESPN broadcast of the 2011 5-hour Energy 500, while there was a rain delay, that he was a fan of the New York Yankees baseball team. On August 10, 2011, Kevin Harvick threw out the ceremonial first pitch between the Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium.

Overview

  • Full Name: Kevin Michael Harvick
  • Date of Birth: December 8, 1975
  • Age: 45 years
  • Birth Place: Bakersfield, California
  • Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
  • Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
  • Car no.: team: No. 4 (Stewart-Haas Racing)
  • 2019 position: 3rd
  • 2015 position: 88th
  • 2018 position: 86th
  • Spouse: DeLana Harvick (m. 2001)
  • Net Worth: around $70 million
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