Driver Kevin Harvick, whose wife, DeLana, is pregnant with the couple’s first child, said earlier this week that he wouldn’t have a standby driver in the wings for Saturday’s Coke Zero 400.
But the scenario changed Friday when DeLana started feeling badly. The couple flew home to North Carolina, and DeLana is reported to be resting comfortably there.
Nationwide driver Kenny Wallace will stand by Saturday night if Harvick needs a replacement or relief driver.
Harvick tweeted Saturday that “Operation #BabyOtis (his nickname for the baby, a boy) in full effect today.”
Richard Childress Racing originally had chosen team driver Austin Dillon as Harvick’s standby, but NASCAR did not approve Dillon to drive in Saturday’s Cup race.
Mike Hembree is NASCAR Editor for SPEED.com and has been covering motorsports for 30 years. He is a six-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.