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Kevin Harvick returning to racing with Late Model events

Kevin Harvick is making his return to the race car after closing out the Fox Sports portion of the NASCAR schedule.

Harvick, now an analyst for Fox Sports, will drive for Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) during two Late Model events while controlling the No. 62 Chevrolet. The first will be June 28 at Five Flags Speedway. The second will be Aug. 3 at North Wilkesboro Speedway.

Harvick, who retired from full-time Cup Series racing after the 2023 season, will reunite with two longtime partners for these races. He will have Busch Light as his primary sponsor at Five Flags Speedway. Hunt Brothers Pizza will join him for North Wilkesboro Speedway.

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"I'm excited to get back in the No. 62 for some short-track racing," Harvick said in a statement. "We have great partners with Busch Light, carrying the iconic blue and white colors along with the mountain landscape across the car, as well as Hunt Brothers Pizza. Both have been a big part of my career and to continue those relationships beyond my NASCAR career is special."

The race at North Wilkesboro Speedway is part of the CARS Tour season schedule. The original date was May 15 but inclement weather pushed the race to August. will provide broadcast coverage for the June 28 race at Five Flags Speedway. will provide coverage of the Aug. 3 CARS Tour race at North Wilkesboro Speedway.

Harvick influences the CARS Tour

Harvick has close ties to the zMAX CARS Tour, previously known as the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour. He is part of the ownership group that acquired the racing series ahead of the 2023 season with the goal of bolstering its long-term health through brand management, partnership acquisition, and business strategy.

The other members of the ownership group are NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr., 21-time Cup Series winner Jeff Burton, and Trackhouse Racing owner Justin Marks.

Another significant change took place ahead of the 2024 season. The series expanded to the West Coast with the introduction of the zMAX CARS Tour Pro Late Model Series West. This expansion series features a 10-race season that includes two stops at Kevin Harvick's Kern Raceway in California.

"The West Coast is home for me and the tracks we'll be going to this year with the zMAX CARS Tour Pro Late Model Series West are some of the ones that helped shape the path of my career," Harvick said in a January press release. "I was fortunate enough to have people help me along the way to make it to the top level of NASCAR, and that is what we want to do with the CARS Tour.

"We want to continue to build the series, bring attention to the drivers, the local tracks, and help usher the next generation of drivers to the top levels of racing. Adding this West Coast schedule for 2024 is the next step to making that happen."