HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 22: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Ford, walks onstage during driver intros prior to the NASCAR Cup Series 4EVER 400 Presented by Mobil 1 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on October 22, 2023 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) | Getty Images
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‘Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway’: Tim, Lisa Huddleston acquire Kern County Raceway Park, rename track to honor Bakersfield native

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif., founded in 2013 by Charlie Beard, Rusty Risi, and James Vernon, is undergoing a significant transformation under the new ownership of Tim & Lisa Huddleston, renowned promoters known for their work at L.A. County’s Irwindale Speedway & Event Center.

Under the new ownership, Kern County Raceway Park has been renamed Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway, honoring the 2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion and Bakersfield native, Kevin Harvick.

This change ushers in a new era to Kern County’s racing scene, infused with enthusiasm and expertise by the Huddlestons. As part of the newly created partnership, Harvick will work closely with the leadership team to ensure the best decisions are made for the track, the competitors and to help build the overall health of motorsports at the grassroots level. This will help continue the vision Harvick has for ensuring motorsports across the country, from the local level to the premier level, produces the best product possible.

BAKERSFIELD, CA – MARCH 15: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Fields Ford, races on track during the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Bakersfield 175 presented by NAPA Auto Parts at Kern County Raceway Park on March 15, 2018 in Bakersfield, California. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images for NASCAR) *** Local Caption *** Kevin Harvick; Cole Rouse; Derek Kraus

“Bakersfield is my home, and I am committed to giving back and ensuring a bright future for motorsports in our community,” Harvick said. “Together with Tim and Lisa, we will do everything in our power to make racing in Bakersfield as strong as it has ever been.”

Harvick’s journey from local tracks, notably the iconic Mesa Marin Raceway, to the pinnacle of NASCAR as a Cup Series champion, resonates deeply with Bakersfield’s racing community. His story embodies the qualities of determination and hard work, qualities that will undoubtedly shape the future of Kern Raceway.

“Kevin Harvick’s involvement is a game-changer for Kern Raceway,” said Tim Huddleston, CEO of Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway.  “His expertise and commitment will propel us to new heights. Together, we aim to create an electrifying racing experience for fans and competitors alike.”

Additionally, Tim Huddleston extended heartfelt gratitude to Virgie Beard and Rusty Risi, acknowledging their hard work and dedication in building, and operating the facility over the years.

Kern County Raceway Park before the NAPA Auto Parts BlueDEF 150 for the ARCA Menards Series West on April 22, 2023. (Alisha Jucevic/ARCA Racing)

“Their contributions have laid the foundation for the Raceway’s success, a legacy that our team is honored to continue,” Huddleston said.  “In honor of the late Charlie Beard and his work in bringing KCRP to life, the suite tower will be re-named The Charlie Beard Tower effective immediately.”

Looking ahead, the leadership team is actively working on the 2024 calendar. Exciting new events and improvement projects are currently in the works, promising a thrilling and enhanced experience for race enthusiasts. Details of these developments will be announced in the coming weeks, adding to the anticipation surrounding Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway.

Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway is a 120-acre motorsports facility located in Bakersfield, California. The facility is renowned for it’s half-mile asphalt oval and third-mile dirt oval. For the most recent news and updates, kindly visit www.kernraceway.com. Additionally, stay connected with us on X, Instagram, and Facebook @KernRaceway. Come along on this historic journey as we celebrate the legacy of a hometown champion and strengthen community bonds through the excitement of racing.