Kevin Harvick will be around for a bit longer in the NASCAR Cup Series.
The No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing driver confirmed to media members Saturday (Feb. 8) at Daytona International Speedway that he has signed an extension with the team through the 2023 season.
Harvick’s contract initially was set to last through 2021 but now the 2014 Cup Series champion will compete for four more years.
He mentioned to reporters that he’s cutting back television and radio commitments this season for various reasons.
“I’m intrigued by that and for me, that’ll keep me in the car a few more years as we go through 2023 and see where we’re at,” Harvick said. “Really, that timing works well for me from a media standpoint, just because of the fact that you have a TV contract that’s coming up, you’ll know who the players are and I think at that particular point, you’ll have a fair amount of experience in the new car. You’ll hopefully have been through the engine change, the vehicle change. So there were a number of things that go along with that.
“I really like racing with the group of guys in the organization where I’m at and I worked my whole career and feel like I got here with a group of guys and people that I want to have had success with. For me, going through a few more years in the car just made sense.”
Harvick’s sports marketing agency, Kevin Harvick Inc., keeps him occupied as well. However, he still wants to compete.
“KHI’s definitely bigger than I thought it was going to be at this particular point, but the TV and radio stuff is definitely something that I’m extremely interested in,” Harvick said. “But I talked with some of my friends over the offseason just about where I was at with things, and everybody told me the same thing: If you’re not done with that competitive side of it, just keep chasing that side and I’ve got everything around me that I need to be competitive, so I’m just going to continue doing that.”
Harvick is entering his 20th Cup Series season and has amassed 49 wins, 206 top fives and 362 top 10s in his career. He also has two Xfinity Series titles and earned 47 victories, 185 top fives and 259 top 10s.
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