Kevin Harvick, who is going to turn 46 next month, is adamant that he still has a lot to offer in the highest tier of NASAR racing.
This season has been a forgetful one for the Stewart-Haas Racing driver. From being the driver with the most wins in 2020, Harvick was not able to win in the 2021 season. Additionally, his feud with Chase Elliott also shed a bad light on his reputation.
So, there are questions as to Harvick’s long-term winning capacity given his age and performance this season. But Harvick, who announced in February 2020 that his contract with SHR runs until the end of 2023, said that he is very much looking forward to competing next season.
“I love the competition,” Harvick told FOX Sports. “I love being around my guys. I love being in the shop and around the people in the meetings to try to figure out what’s wrong, to try to figure out what’s right and move things around and try to move the needle in the right direction.
“I still enjoy that part of it, and you can’t get that part of it standing in the TV booth or just not being in the car. That competition and those pieces of the puzzle and being able to be a part of that is something that I enjoy.”
Especially with Next Gen car set to hit the Cup Series this coming season, will Harvick be able to handle the change? While he said that he will have to get used to it, but he is adamant that he belongs to the Cup Series.
“There’s no real second thoughts, and that’s why we do it so early, so I can wrap my arms around this is what I’m doing,” he said.
“And if that’s what I’m doing, I’m not going to do it half-ass. … I know where my head is at, and that makes me dig in.”