Skip to content

Kevin Harvick to host firefighters that saved his family Sunday at Martinsville

Mar 28, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT

Kevin Harvick and son Keelan check out a fire truck at the Oak Ridge (N.C.) Fire Department with Chief Steve Simmons on Thursday. (Photo: Harold Hinson Photography) Kevin Harvick and son Keelan check out a fire truck at the Oak Ridge (N.C.) Fire Department with Chief Steve Simmons on Thursday. (Photo: Harold Hinson Photography)

Sunday will be a kind of Thanksgiving Day for Kevin and Delana Harvick.

Sure, Kevin will be racing in the STP 500 Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.

But the couple might not be there – let alone still alive – if it wasn’t for the efforts of firefighters from the Oak Ridge (N.C.) Fire department.

The first responders found and contained a smoldering fire within the Harvick’s house last November 27 before it became fully engulfed and did more damage – both property- and life-wise.

The Harvicks were awoken in the early hours of the morning by the sound of a smoke alarm. While they saw and smelled smoke, they didn’t detect any fire, but called the fire department to respond.

Smartest move they likely ever made in their lives.

The department responded quickly, and using thermal imaging equipment, found a simmering blaze between the basement ceiling and main floor of the house.

The Harvicks and son Keelan were able to get out of the house quickly and safely.

“If it weren’t for these guys, I wouldn’t have a house,” Harvick said in a team news release. “We didn’t think anything was actually on fire, because we couldn’t see any flames and figured the smoke was coming from the fireplace.”

Harvick and his son toured the Oak Hill fire station on Thursday and gave personal thanks to Chief Steve Simmons.

“Chief Simmons and his guys knew exactly what to do and were able to contain a small mess that could have been a very big mess,” Harvick said. “We’re very fortunate.”

Added Chief Simmons, “I cannot think of better example of how smoke detectors save lives than Kevin and DeLana’s story. They have a very nice home and lots of nice things, but the best investment they made in that house was the smoke alarm.”

To show further thanks, Harvick and his Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet team will host those firefighters who responded to the fire at Sunday’s STP 500 Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway. The firefighters will also serve as honorary crew members and watch much of the race from atop the war wagon in Harvick’s pit stall.

Harvick’s race car will also carry a special “Smoke detectors save lives” decal recognizing both the firefighters and department for their life-saving efforts.

Follow me @JerryBonkowski

Latest Posts
  1. NASCAR: Chase clinch scenarios for Sunday’s race at Dover

    Sep 23, 2014, 4:07 PM EDT

    Jimmie Johnson, your Dover winner from this past June, needs to finish 24th or better Sunday to move on to the Contender Round of the Chase. Photo: AP AP

    Where does everyone in the Chase besides Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano have to finish Sunday in order to go to the next round?

  2. IMSA’s points standings get shaken up in Texas

    Sep 23, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

    CGRpostCOTA Getty Images

    Points shift after second-to-last IMSA weekend of 2014 in Austin.

  3. Everything you need to know about the 2014 Chasers at Dover

    Sep 23, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    (AP Photo/Nick Wass) AP

    All the notes and numbers to keep in mind going into Sunday’s Challenger Round finale.

  4. 2015 Sprint Cup rules to feature reduced testing, less horsepower

    Sep 23, 2014, 2:41 PM EDT

    Pocono 400 Getty Images

    NASCAR’s top series is set to experience multiple changes next season.

  5. Reports: Ryan Truex will not return to BK Racing after missing New Hampshire

    Sep 23, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

    Toyota/Save Mart 350 - Qualifying Getty Images

    Truex has suffered eight DNFs in 2014 while driving BK’s No. 83 Toyota Camry.

  6. Report: Korea aiming for 2016 F1 return with night street race in Seoul

    Sep 23, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

    F1 Grand Prix of Korea - Race Getty Images

    Formula One dropped the Korean Grand Prix at Yeongam last year after several seasons of bad attendance and money loss.

  7. Martin Brundle delivers brilliant comeback to Christian Horner’s dig (VIDEO)

    Sep 23, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

    F1 Grand Prix of Singapore - Previews Getty Images

    Martin Brundle’s retort to Christian Horner a great bit of levity from Singapore.

  8. COTA: A circuit to behold from the passenger’s seat

    Sep 23, 2014, 11:26 AM EDT

    Photo: Tony DiZinno Photo: Tony DiZinno

    Not that we needed further evidence that Circuit of the Americas is awesome, but riding shotgun with Dindo Capello in Audi provides us said further evidence.

  9. Mike Conway sorting out 2015 open-wheel/sports car plans

    Sep 23, 2014, 10:38 AM EDT

    ConwayTOR2 Getty Images

    Mike Conway is operating from a position of strength as he looks to continue open-wheel/sports car balance into 2015.

  10. IndyCar driver presence returns for this year’s Petit Le Mans

    Sep 23, 2014, 9:48 AM EDT

    GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma - Day 3 Getty Images

    Dixon, Hunter-Reay, Briscoe, Bourdais set for Petit Le Mans appearances.

  11. NASCAR AMERICA: Team Penske pushing for incredible season (VIDEO)

    Sep 22, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

    Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano AP

    They’ve already got the IndyCar title. But can Team Penske claim the Sprint Cup as well this season?

  12. NASCAR AMERICA: The evolution of Joey Logano (VIDEO)

    Sep 22, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    Sylvania 300 Getty Images

    It hasn’t always been easy for Logano since he broke into the Sprint Cup Series in 2009. But there’s no disputing that the kid once known as “Sliced Bread” (as in, greatest thing since) has grown up.

  13. NASCAR: Penske, Roush Fenway squads test at Texas Motor Speedway

    Sep 22, 2014, 6:45 PM EDT

    Credit: Texas Motor Speedway Credit: Texas Motor Speedway

    Two teams on the opposite ends of the Chase spectrum head for the Lone Star State.

  14. Red Bull GRC: Ken Block, Joni Wiman now the ones to beat in title race

    Sep 22, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

    GRCLogo

    A wild doubleheader in Los Angeles has left Block with an 18-point edge over Wiman as the series heads for Seattle.

  15. WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA recaps day of survival in N.H. at 4:30 p.m. ET

    Sep 22, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

    Sylvania 300 Getty Images

    Coming up today: Highlights and analysis from Joey Logano’s Chase win at Loudon; an interview with Penske president Tim Cindric; Kevin Harvick’s Chase progress; Denny Hamlin’s nightmarish day; 16-year-old Cole Custer’s historic Truck win.

  16. Alex Zanardi inspires once again in “Touch The Sky” clip (VIDEO)

    Sep 22, 2014, 3:55 PM EDT

    Indianapolis 500 Getty Images

    The former CART and F1 driver’s incredible story is spotlighted in a special clip that previews a new film regarding BMW’s legacy in touring car racing.

  17. Wally Dallenbach Jr. is coming back to Trans-Am

    Sep 22, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    DallenbachHeadshot

    Wally Dallenbach Jr. to make competitive return to driving in Trans-Am, starting next month.

  18. McLaren principal says Red Bull used coded messages in Singapore GP

    Sep 22, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

    Singapore F1 GP Auto Racing AP

    Eric Boullier indicates that he feels Red Bull breached the FIA’s new radio ban with its messages to Daniel Ricciardo during Sunday’s race.

  19. Mark Webber refreshed, relaxed in Austin return

    Sep 22, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

    WebberCOTA Getty Images

    Mark Webber enjoys his return to Austin in FIA WEC, even if the result in his No. 20 Porsche goes begging.

  20. Team Penske has early Chase edge, but Hendrick camp can strike at Dover

    Sep 22, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

    Chase for the sprint cup logo

    The clash of the titans has gone Team Penske’s way so far. But next weekend’s race at Dover could see the tide turn in favor of Hendrick Motorsports.

Video from NASCAR America

The evolution of Joey Logano
Top 10 NASCAR Driver Searches
  1. B. Keselowski (1733)
  2. J. Gordon (1218)
  3. K. Harvick (1120)
  4. C. Custer (1103)
  5. B. Myers (1023)