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09/06 2018

“RR-AZ ALUM”…KEVIN HARVICK TO STOP RACING IN THE NASCAR XFINITY SERIES

 

The 2014 Cup champion says he wants to focus on his team in that series

BY:  MATT WEAVER

Barring the unexpected, Kevin Harvick believes he has entered his final NASCAR Xfinity Series race.

The 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion also has 47 Xfinity victories in 346 starts and believes Saturday’s Sports Clips VFW 200 was the end of the road for his tenure on the secondary circuit. He revealed the decision on Tuesday night during his SiriusXM NASCAR Radio “Happy Hours” show.

“For me (Darlington) will be the last scheduled Xfinity race that we put on the schedule,” Harvick said.

He said the decision was made to allow him to focus on his Cup team for the remainder of his career.

Harvick, 42, has made five such appearances this season, including the February race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he recorded his most recent victory.

He also raced at Texas, Michigan, Chicagoland and Darlington.

“With the two-day schedules, my family and all of the things that came up this year just because of the way the schedules worked out … I just need to focus on my Cup car and the things that are happening there,” Harvick said. “Just like this weekend. The practices were back to back. I needed to be in the Cup hauler with Rodney (Childers, crew chief) and those guys making sure that my car was 100 percent dialed in between practices.”

With that said, Harvick would not rule out a one-off depending on unique circumstances.

“It’s not to say that I won’t run here or there if we have a sponsor, or someone who needs something, or there’s a new racetrack that’s intriguing,” Harvick said. “But for me, there’s no more planned Xfinity races.”

Harvick has 47 victories in the series and is third behind Kyle Busch (92) and Mark Martin (49). Busch has similarly stated a desire to cease racing in the series — that is, when he reaches 100 Xfinity Series wins.

His first start came at Rockingham Speedway in 1999.