The October 22nd NASCAR Cup Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be named in honor of retiring NASCAR legend, and the current driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang, Kevin Harvick. On Monday, the speedway announced that their marquee event will be titled the 4Eever 400 Presented by Mobil 1.
The announcement was made in a video that was shared on social media on Monday morning.
Harvick, the 2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion, feels that the race name is one of the best tributes he's had during his season-long retirement tour.
"That's probably top of the list as far as surprises of the year," Harvick said in the video after revealing the race logo. "You just never know what's coming next. The year has been filled with great support from sponsors, fans, and race tracks, but to have the 4Ever 400 race title is something that I didn't really expect. Thank you Mobil 1, this is going to be really fun."
The genuine reaction from Harvick about the race name is heartwarming, and you can truly feel how important the honor of the race name is to him, personally.
Harvick, 47, is a 60-time race winner in the NASCAR Cup Series, and his victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the 2014 NASCAR Cup Series season finale secured the racer the series championship.
While Harvick has not won a race this season, he has been close on several occasions. And while he only has one victory in his career at the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway, the facility is one of Harvick's best tracks on the schedule.
In 22 starts at Homestead, Harvick has amassed 12 top-five finishes and 19 top-10s, and he has a career average finish of 7.3.
If Harvick is in contention for the win in the closing laps, there is a chance we see 'The Closer' come through one more time for old-time's sake.
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