2023 will be Kevin Harvick’s final NASCAR season.
The NASCAR driver indicated as much in an announcement that he made on Thursday. The announcement came in the form of a one-minute and 29-second video that he posted to Twitter.
Take a look:
— Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) January 12, 2023
“It’s just time”
In the above video, Harvick begins by talking about his life in NASCAR, saying:
All I’ve ever wanted to do is race. It started when I was five, and, unbelievably, by the time I was 25, I was in a NASCAR Cup Series. I’ve called NASCAR’s premiere series my home for the last 22 years. I’ve seen alot and I’ve done alot and I’m grateful for the opportunity.
From here, Harvick transitioned to talking about the big news: his retirement.
I’m always ready for a new season. It presents new challenges, and it forces you to find new ways to outsmart and outrun the competition. But, come November, when the checkered flag drops on the season finale in Phoenix, it will also be my final race as a NASCAR Cup Series driver. It’s time to call time, to achieve all that we’ve achieved as a race team, and to savor with the ones who have made this journey possible. The unbelievable became the believable thanks to the help and support of so many.
Harvick finishes off the video by explaining why he is retiring and by telling fans what to expect in his final season.
A new chapter is calling, one where being a dad and a husband takes precedence over being a driver. But, that chapter is still a year away. There’s still more to be written, not on paper but on asphalt, and, who knows, maybe even on dirt. The hunger to compete is still there. Here’s to the final season being the best season.
Going out “on your own terms”
Harvick’s retirement is something that has been considered for some time. As he said in his statement, he started when he was 25 and now he is 47 years old.
During that time period, Harvick has obtained 60 Cup series wins, which is the ninth most on the all-time list.
Harvick also won the Cup Series championship in 2014 and the Daytona 500.
Before releasing his video, Harvick told the press, “It’s great to be able to go out on your own terms and plan it how you want it to go, but the biggest thing that sticks out to me is my kids.”
“Being home with them and seeing the impact that you have with them when you are home, being able to be part of that daily process and be that father figure, it’s just time,” he added.