Harvick's local legacy remains strong as he prepares to leave national racing

Jan. 12—The racing world at large got introduced to Kevin Harvick when he joined the NASCAR Cup Series in 2001. But Bakersfield, and his native Oil...

January 17, 2023
3:42 AM

Jan. 12—The racing world at large got introduced to Kevin Harvick when he joined the NASCAR Cup Series in 2001. But Bakersfield, and his native Oildale in particular, knew him well long before then. For Allen Montes, who worked in racing as a crew chief and at the fire department with Harvick's father, "Kevin was a little kid working around the shop, when he was like 10, 11 years old." "I think everybody chases the dream of being a big famous racecar driver," Montes said, "but Kevin showed at such an early age, when he was even back racing go-karts, just how good he was, just how much talent he had.

Henry Greenstein