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Denny Hamlin Reflects on Kevin Harvick’s Impact on NASCAR’s History

The current NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Phoenix Raceway marked Kevin Harvick’s 23-year-long career in NASCAR’s top-level series. Harvick announced at the beginning of the season that he would retire at the end and join the Fox Sports broadcast booth of the Cup Series in 2024.

At 47, Harvick closed his full-time NASCAR racing career with a seventh-place finish and a rush of emotions. Even though he retired from the sport, he will forever be remembered as one of the greatest NASCAR Cup Series drivers.

Denny Hamlin, during the latest episode of the Actions Detrimental podcast, called Harvick a “unicorn” before paying tribute to him.

Harvick concludes his Hall of Fame career with 121 wins, 767 top-10 finishes, and 60 poles. He clinched the 2014 Cup Series championship and will be eligible for the NASCAR Hall of Fame starting in 2026. After the Phoenix race, Harvick reflected on his career, stating, “I opened this chapter unexpectedly in 2001, and closed it in 2023 how we wanted to. And that was to be competitive.”

He registered an outstanding season, with six top-5 and 12 top-10 finishes in 36 races, finishing 13th in the final championship standings with 2241 points.