FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Kevin Harvick will not switch to Fox Sports' standings next year when Darrell Waltrip retires.
Harvick said on Friday that he did not get out of the race car and felt comfortable where he was both on and off the track.
"I'm pretty confident that I want to be part of the TV side of things I want to do in the future. But that will not happen in the next few years, I can tell you, "said Harvick at the Texas Motor Speedway.
The Stewart-Haas Racing driver, third this season and the winner in Texas last November, he said he has "contracts and things" that run until 2021
Waltrip is racing in his 19th season and hinted on Twitter in January that this might be his last, and Waltrip's potential retirement has been in the recent weeks gained momentum, but Fox Sports said there had been no announcement regarding its talent at this time.
Harvick's name has always been mentioned as the definitive replacement of Waltrip. Harvick is the main protagonist when Fox Sports only had rider transmissions and as an analyst he ran a larger number of Xfinity Series races.
Waltrip, a three-time NASCAR champion and Hall of Famer, debuted in the cabin's first opening broadcast of Fox Sports, the 2001 Daytona 500. Dale Earnhardt was killed in a fall on the final lap while Waltrip's younger brother Michael the event won with an Earnhardt-owned car.
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