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In 1998, a young, talented but inexperienced driver named Kevin Harvick won the K&N Pro Series West championship.

Fast forward 20 years later and Harvick is returning to his roots. The 42-year-old announced he will compete in the season opener of the K&N Pro Series West next month in his hometown of Bakersfield, California.

Harvick will compete in the K&N Pro Series West 175 at Kern County Raceway on Thursday, March 15.

Related: Kevin Harvick gets another year to give fans an insider’s perspective on NASCAR

According to NBC Sports, it will be Harvick’s first race at the half-mile track in a NASCAR series.

Harvick has won his last two starts in the series, including a win last July at Sonoma, and he’s won seven races all-time in the series.

The 2014 Cup Series champion was in the mix for another title last year, and he will likely be in the conversation again in 2018.

Cup Series champ is going back to his roots by racing on a half-mile track Sean Gardner/Getty Images
Cole Frederick About the author:
Cole Frederick is from a small town in Alabama, and he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism. He loves all sports - especially football and basketball - and quotes The Office frequently.
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