Harvick signs autographs for fans prior to the Cup Series race at Phoenix. (Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Phoenix Renames Road To Harvick Lane

PHOENIX — Phoenix Raceway will honor 2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick by renaming its Dragstrip Road to Harvick Lane, the track announced Wednesday afternoon. 

It also revealed that the retiring star will make an appearance in the track’s midway on Nov. 4, one day before he competes in the fina Cup Series race of his illustrious career.

“It cannot be stated enough how significant and meaningful Kevin Harvick is to Phoenix Raceway and the sport of NASCAR as a whole,” said Phoenix Raceway President Latasha Causey. “To honor him with Harvick Lane before his final race is further validation of his legendary racing career and the everlasting impact he’s made in The Valley.”

Harvick Lane is Phoenix Raceway’s primary pedestrian thoroughfare that leads NASCAR fans from the parking lots and GEICO Gecko Campground to its main entrance. It’s appropriate that it’s named after a driver who has won the most races in Phoenix Raceway history. Across 41 NASCAR Cup Series starts, Harvick has nine wins at the one-mile, doglegged oval.

In addition, Harvick is currently on a 20-race streak of top-10 finishes at Phoenix, which is tied with Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty for the most consecutive top-10 finishes ever at a single track.

The 47-year-old from Bakersfield, Calif., has left nothing short of a legacy fit for a future Hall of Famer. Beginning his Cup Series career by taking over for the late Dale Earnhardt in 2001, Harvick helped continue the winning pedigree of Richard Childress Racing in the No. 29 car for 13 years. In 2014, Harvick made the switch to Stewart-Haas Racing in the No. 4 car and won the Cup Series championship in his first season with the team.

Throughout his entire 23-year Cup Series career, Harvick has amassed 60 wins, placing him 10th all-time in NASCAR history. As a result, he was named to NASCAR’s 75 Greatest Drivers during this historic 75th anniversary season.