BRONX, N.Y. (Aug. 11, 2011) – Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Wednesday night’s Major League Baseball matchup between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels at Yankees Stadium.
The Yankees won Wednesday night’s game 9-3 over the Angels, placing them in the lead of the American League Wild Card race.
“I had a great time last night at Yankee Stadium,” Harvick said. “I can now say I have thrown out the first pitch at the old Yankee Stadium as well as the new one, which will be a memory I will never forget. It was also great to see my two good friends Joe Girardi (Yankees team manager) and Gene Monahan (Yankees head athletic trainer), who will be retiring at the end of this season after 50 years within the Yankees organization.”
Harvick, a longtime Yankees fan, also threw out the first pitch at a Yankees game in 2001, his rookie year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and has since become friends with Girardi and Monahan.
After Wednesday night’s game Harvick traveled onto Watkins Glen, N.Y., where he will compete in Sunday’s Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen road course race at Watkins Glen International. In 10 starts at the 2.45-mile track, Harvick has earned one win (2006), two top-five and five top-10 finishes. Sunday’s race will air on ESPN starting with the NASCAR Countdown show at noon ET.