Kevin Harvick will compete in select Xfinity Series races for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017, the team announced Thursday.
Harvick will drive the No. 41 Ford Mustang sponsored by Hunt Brothers Pizza, which has been with Harvick since 2011.
Harvick, who has 46 Xfinity wins, will initially compete April 8 at Texas Motor Speedway, May 27 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, July 7 at Kentucky Speedway and Sept. 2 at Darlington Raceway.
The announcement means SHR, in its first season of Xfinity competition, will field two cars in select races as Cole Custer competes full-time in the No. 00 Ford Mustang.
“I’ve always enjoyed competing in the Xfinity Series,” Harvick said in a press release. “With Stewart-Haas Racing starting a new program, I’m excited to be a part of the building process because it will make us stronger going forward as a company. I’m proud to continue working with Hunt Brothers Pizza and seeing their colors on my Ford Mustang.”
On Wednesday, it was announced Harvick would be a Fox Sports analyst for eight Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series races.
It’s no secret that Jimmie Johnson is off to a slow start in 2017.
The defending and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion has a starting average of 21.8 and a finishing average of 18.8 in the first five races of this season.
He has just one top-10 finish (ninth at Phoenix), along with 34th at Daytona, 19th at Atlanta, 11th at Las Vegas and 21st Sunday at Fontana.
And let’s not forget he’s 17th in the NASCAR Cup standings heading to one of his strongest tracks, Martinsville Speedway, this Sunday.
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, we discussed this: After such a slow start to the season, is there a cause for concern over Johnson’s performance?
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin shared his experience of racing in his home state of Arkansas, as well as the excitement he feels watching Kyle Larson compete in the Cup series.
Kyle Larson‘s spectacular weekend at Auto Club Speedway — winning both Saturday’s Xfinity Series race and Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup event — left him feeling good.
But shortly upon exiting the facility, Larson and several others were involved in a fender-bender right outside the Speedway. Larson was a passenger, not the driver.
No one was injured, Larson tweeted.
But somehow, isn’t that strange fate?
Kyle Larson finally broke his streak of three straight runner-up finishes with his win in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, the crew discussed his win as well as his maturation as a driver.