‘Hey, I’m Kevin (Harvick), welcome to Outback. Can I get you a table?’ (with video)

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In a bemusing video released Thursday, NASCAR star Kevin Harvick spent one of his recent off nights working the room at an Outback Steakhouse.

No, Harvick didn’t start a stand-up comedy routine, he truly worked the eatery.

Dressed in a black Outback sport shirt, Harvick looked a little out of place from what we usually see him in, his NASCAR firesuit.

But to his credit, Harvick performed a number of roles with aplomb, from welcoming guests to taking orders, and from delivering Outback’s signature Bloomin’ Onion to hungry patrons to teaching the proper way to pour a bottle of beer.

Budweiser, of course.

 

Already quite the entrepreneur, is Harvick thinking about maybe opening his own Outback sometime soon and wanted to learn the business from the ground up?

Doing so would certainly be a great addition to previously owning Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series teams, as well as his current side venture away from NASCAR of managing several athletes, including a few MMA stars.

Our favorite part of the video, produced by NASCAR.com? Without question, it’s when Harvick apologizes to patrons for failing to win the last race at Talladega: “I feel like I’m responsible for everyone not getting a free Bloomin’ Onion today.”

Maybe he can make it up to some of them with a win in Sunday’s opening race of the Eliminator Round in the Chase for the Sprint Cup at Martinsville Speedway.

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Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.