Harvick to run 'Grave Digger' paint scheme at Nashville

The No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford will feature the monster truck’s colors this weekend as a precursor to Monster Jam in Nashville next month.

Kevin Harvick will run a ‘Grave Digger’ paint scheme for the NASCAR Cup Series’ debut at Nashville Superspeedway, which culminates in the running of Sunday’s Ally 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM).

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The No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford will feature the famous monster truck’s familiar colors as a precursor to Monster Jam on July 17 and 18 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Grave Digger also brings back fond memories for Harvick and son Keelan, who have attended Monster Jam in the past.  Keelan surprised his dad with the new paint scheme for Father’s Day weekend.

“It‘s the monster truck,” Harvick said in a team press release. “Loud noises, big engines, big wheels, big tires, fast race cars, and to have that be a surprise, it‘s surprising to me because of the fact that it‘s with Grave Digger and everything, the history, that goes with that truck. But it doesn‘t surprise me that it‘s something related to a car and tying it in to what we do. This one caught me off guard, though, because I had no idea that any of this was happening and, to have my 8-year-old son be able to pull that off and know more about it than I do makes me feel like I‘m a little bit left out. So we‘re going to have to talk to somebody.”

Entering Nashville, Harvick is ninth in the Cup Series standings, 152 points above the playoff cutline. The Cup Series will have practice at 2:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, with coverage on NBCSN, NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM. Busch Pole Qualifying will get underway at 11:05 a.m. ET on Sunday on NBCSN, NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM. Then, Sunday’s race will get underway shortly after 3:30 p.m. ET.