NASCAR: Kevin Harvick confirms new landing spot for 2024

Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

Kevin Harvick is set to retire from the NASCAR Cup Series following the 2023 season, and his new landing spot for 2024 has been confirmed.

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick is one of a several drivers whose contracts with their current teams are set to expire when the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season ends.

With Harvick being the sport’s oldest full-time driver, there was speculation earlier in the offseason that the 2023 season could be his last.

The 47-year-old Bakersfield, California native did ultimately confirm that his 23rd season will be his final season in the Cup Series.

It was rumored that Harvick could join the Fox Sports booth, along with lead announcer Mike Joy and analyst Clint Bowyer, a former Stewart-Haas Racing teammate of Harvick, beginning in 2024.

The 2014 champion has long been perceived as the type of driver who would fit in well in a broadcasting role.

Kevin Harvick has demonstrated that on multiple occasions during NASCAR Xfinity Series and Truck Series races.

Additionally, when Jeff Gordon left the Fox Sports booth following their portion of the 2021 schedule, Fox Sports did not hire another analyst to replace him alongside Joy and Bowyer.

During 2022, they had a number of different individuals, including several former drivers such as Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, and Danica Patrick, fill that third spot, and they have opted to take the same approach for their portion of the 2023 schedule.

Taking this approach meant that they remained uncommitted to a third announcer for 2024, which in turn meant that the spot could be open for Harvick since he is going to be retiring from the competition side later this year.

Before the Busch Light Clash preseason exhibition race at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday evening, Harvick confirmed that he is set to take it, joining Joy and Bowyer full-time next year.

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Stewart was in the booth for this past Sunday’s race, and he is set to return for the official season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, just like he did last year. Fox have not yet announced who will be joining Joy and Bowyer for any other races in 2023. Their schedule runs through the June race at Sonoma Raceway.