NASCAR veteran Kevin Harvick has yet to win a race during the 2021 season, but there's a good chance his skid could end this weekend, as he's returning to a historic racetrack that's treated him well in recent years.
On Sunday afternoon, Harvick will participate in the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. In 26 starts at Darlington -- which opened its gates back in 1950 -- Harvick has won three times, finished in the top-five 11 times, and led a total of 782 laps.
"There's nothing about Darlington that you don't get excited about," Harvick told The DA Show on Wednesday. "Just because it's still relevant in today's world, with what we do and how we race, and you still have to think about the things that you're doing. But it's also the same shape, the same configuration that they raced on 50 years ago -- more than that, actually. There's just not any other racetrack that we go to that has that same type of history and has meant so much to the sport that's really left, outside of Daytona. But Daytona started on the beach. At Darlington, they started at Darlington, and have run that racetrack in that same configuration for such a long time.
"It's just a really, really hard place to race because you have to be on it every lap. You make one mistake, and it usually results in scraping the right side of the car against the wall and makes for a long evening. So, it's exciting to me. I've been through two races a year at Darlington, last year we had three. I've been just with one race, I've been with Mother's Day weekend, and in the fall. So, Darlington's been all over the board, as far as being a part of our sport for a number of years. And it's really cool to be able to take today's cars and race on a racetrack that they've had pretty much every generation of racecar on in NASCAR's history."
Harvick, who's the full-time driver of the No. 4 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series, has 58 wins in 729 career races at NASCAR's top level. He's also a two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion with 47 career wins in that series.
The entire conversation between Harvick and DA can be accessed in the video and audio players above.