INDIANAPOLIS – Kevin Harvick was plowing through memorabilia in his management office for inspiration when he stumbled across an old logo that led to a new look.
“I was going through boxes trying to come up with ideas with the design guys,” Harvick said. “We wanted to do something representative of myself, racing and things we’ve done in the past.”
The 2014 Sprint Cup champion has been a brand ambassador since last summer for New Era, and his first collection of caps with the headwear manufacturer was released this past week. Two of the hats feature the No. 8 go karts that Harvick drove in the mid-1980s while growing up in Bakersfield, California.
New Era designer Eric Matuszewski designed the hats with Harvick at his Charlotte home in December, using a 1985 logo that had been sitting in a box at Kevin Harvick Inc.
Harvick said the go-kart logo is an extension of a thrust with his wife, DeLana, to keep his merchandise as a reflection of his career and personality.
“We’re trying to do something representative of myself, racing and things what we’ve done in the past,” he said. “One of my favorite things about the collection is that it goes right back into the 1985 logo, and now it’s still relevant today.
“DeLana and I are more involved than most people because I’ve always felt the product is a direct representation of you. You want it to be right. I think there’s more of a personal relationship for fans. Anytime, you can put that personal touch on it, it definitely matters to fans.”
NASCAR weekend schedule at World Wide Technology Raceway, Portland
NASCAR’s top three series are racing this weekend in two different locations. Cup and Craftsman Truck teams will compete at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, and the Xfinity Series will compete at Portland International Raceway.
World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (Cup and Trucks)
Friday: Partly cloudy with a high of 87 degrees during Truck qualifying.
Saturday: Sunny. Temperatures will be around 80 degrees for the start of Cup practice and climb to 88 degrees by the end of Cup qualifying. Forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of 93 degrees around the start of the Truck race.
Sunday: Mostly sunny with a high of 92 degrees and no chance of rain at the start of the Cup race.
Friday, June 2
(All times Eastern)
1 – 8 p.m. — Craftsman Truck Series
4 – 9 p.m. — Cup Series
6 – 6:30 p.m. — Truck practice (FS1)
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. — Truck qualifying (FS1)
Saturday, June 3
8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Cup Series
12:30 p.m. — Truck Series
10 – 10:45 a.m. — Cup practice (FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. — Cup qualifying (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Ten drivers have won races, including Coca-Cola 600 winner Ryan Blaney. That leaves six playoff spots to be determined by points at this time. With 12 races left in the regular season, including unpredictable superspeedway races at Atlanta (July 9) and Daytona (Aug. 26), the playoff standings will change during the summer.
Here’s a look at the Cup playoff standings heading into Sunday’s Cup race at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois. Drivers in yellow have won a race and are in a playoff position. Those below the red line after 16th place are outside a playoff spot in the graphic below.
NASCAR fined crew chief John Klausmeier $250,000 and suspended him six races, along with penalizing Chase Briscoe and the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing team 120 points and 25 playoff points each for a counterfeit part on the car.
The issue was a counterfeit engine NACA duct, said Elton Sawyer, NASCAR senior vice president of competition, on Wednesday. That is a single-source part.
“We had a quality control lapse and a part that never should’ve been on a car going to the racetrack ended up on the No. 14 car at Charlotte,” said Greg Zipadelli in a statement from the team. “We accept NASCAR’s decision and will not appeal.”
Asked how then piece could have aided performance, Sawyer said Wednesday: “Knowing the race team mentality, they don’t do things that would not be a benefit to them in some way, shape or form from a performance advantage.”
The penalty drops Briscoe from 17th in the season standings to 31st in the standings. Briscoe goes from having 292 points to having 172 points. He’ll have to win to make the playoffs. Briscoe has no playoff points at this time, so the penalty puts him at -25 playoff points should he make it.
Briscoe’s car was one of two taken to the R&D Center after Monday’s Coca-Cola 600 for additional tear down by series officials.
Phoenix Raceway will host the championship races for the Cup, Xfinity, Craftsman Truck and ARCA Menards Series in 2024, NASCAR announced Wednesday.
The races will be held Nov. 1-3, 2024. The Cup season finale will be Nov. 3, 2024. The only other Cup race for 2024 that has been announced is the Daytona 500. It will be held Feb. 18, 2024.
Phoenix Raceway has hosted the championship finale for Cup, Xfinity and Trucks since 2020. Chase Elliott won the Cup title there in 2020. Kyle Larson followed in 2021. Joey Logano won the crown there in 2022.
This year’s Cup finale at Phoenix will be Nov. 5 and air on NBC.