The 2014 Cup Collection champion’s Stewart-Haas Racing Ford will swap from its common #4 to make use of the #29 in a throwback paint scheme harking back to the design which adorned Harvick’s Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet when he received his first Cup race in 2001.
His breakthrough victory at Atlanta over Jeff Gordon got here in simply Harvick’s third collection begin with RCR’s #3 staff, which had been rebranded as #29 following driver Dale Earnhardt’s demise in a last-lap wreck within the season-opening Daytona 500 two weeks earlier.
“Once I sat within the No. 29 for the primary time, it actually wasn’t by alternative, however I undoubtedly wouldn’t have accomplished it any otherwise,” stated Harvick, who will name time on his Cup Collection profession on the finish of this season.
“Dale’s passing modified our sport without end, and it modified my life without end and the route it took.
“Trying again on it now, I realise the significance of getting within the Cup automotive, after which I wound up successful my first race at Atlanta within the #29 automotive after Dale’s demise.
“The importance and the significance of retaining that automotive on the race monitor and successful that race early at Atlanta – realizing now what it meant to the game, and simply that second usually of with the ability to stick with it – was so vital.”
The choice to utilise the #29 within the non-championship All-Star occasion is a part of Harvick’s want spotlight lots of particular moments of his NASCAR profession.
“I had an incredible 13 years at RCR and actually discovered quite a bit by means of the method due to being thrown into Dale’s automotive, the place my first press convention as a Cup Collection driver was the most important press convention I might ever have in my profession, the place my first moments have been my largest moments,” he stated.
Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet
Photograph by: Nigel Kinrade / NKP / Motorsport Images
“With the All-Star Race going to North Wilkesboro – a spot with a tonne of historical past – we thought it made sense in a yr stuffed with milestones and moments to focus on the place it began.”
Harvick has competed in each All-Star Race since becoming a member of the Cup Collection in 2001, successful twice in 2007 and 2018.
This yr’s All-Star Race returns to North Wilkesboro – a monitor that first appeared on the Cup Collection schedule in 1949 however has not hosted NASCAR nationwide collection competitors since 1996.
“I don’t know the final time the All-Star Race was essentially the most anticipated occasion of the season,” Harvick stated. “Followers are going to indicate up in droves.
“North Wilkesboro is a good brief monitor, the asphalt’s worn out, and I feel it’s going to be a improbable occasion.”