DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JUNE 30: (L-R) Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 McDonald's $1 Any Size Soft Drink Chevrolet, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John's Ford, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, talk on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 59th Annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on June 30, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Cup Series champ is going back to his roots by racing on a half-mile track


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.

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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.