Former Bakersfield resident Kevin Harvick is returning to his roots.
Harvick announced on Tuesday during his Happy Hours radio program on SiriusXM that he will compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series race at Kern County Raceway on March 15. That is a Thursday night, before the NASCAR weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
“Obviously, I grew up in Bakersfield and raced at Mesa Marin several times, I’ve raced at the Bakersfield Speedway but I’ve never actually found the right time to go back (and race at KCRP),” Harvick said on his show. “I think it’s the right time.”
Harvick was the Late Model track champion at Mesa Marin Raceway while still a student at North High in 1993, and won the West title in 1998 as he started his climb toward Cup racing.
Harvick won the West race at Sonoma in a Jefferson Pitts car last June and from feedback realized his participation was greatly appreciated.
“It felt to me like it was something I can make an impact on and being a part of and going back to try and help West Coast racing,” he said. “It just felt like the K&N West was the right thing to do because it’s the series where I won the championship in 1998 and helped me get to where I am today.”
Harvick won the Cup championship in 2014, was runner-up in 2015 and is currently fourth in points heading into the final four races of the season.