One-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick is the championship's elder statesman. With his own popular radio show and an outspoken nature, what he says gets noticed.
During a year in which Harvick went to war with what he perceived as social media-decided post-race penalties during his ultimately unsuccessful 2018 title bid, he made his feelings known on multiple issues. But one of his most notable thoughts from the year just gone was about the importance of NASCAR's grassroots, as well as the series' agenda of promoting its new stars or future talent.
Rather than join Kyle Busch in slamming that approach - indeed Harvick accused his rival of "whining" about the focus on the young guns - Harvick made a point of suggesting NASCAR should invest more in its lower levels. Not one for empty words, Harvick has raced in the lower tiers around his Cup series commitments, and one race this year was particularly noteworthy.