Har­vick’s race cars get re­cy­cled into beer cans

USA TODAY International Edition - - SPORTS | AUTO RACING - Michelle R. Martinelli For The Win USA TO­DAY Net­work

Ever won­der what hap­pens to old or wrecked race cars?

If de­stroyed stock cars don’t end up in Dale Earn­hardt Jr.’s race car grave­yard, the sheet metal can be re­cy­cled. Other times if parts are rel­a­tively in tact, they’re auc­tioned off for char­ity or on dis­play at a par­tic­u­lar NASCAR team’s shop if there is some sort of sen­ti­men­tal value at­tached.

A hand­ful of Kevin Har­vick’s No. 4 Fords from the 2018 sea­son took a dif­fer­ent route and were turned into col­lectible Busch beer cans, an idea the 43-year-old driver ini­tially laughed at.

“When you see the finished prod­uct and you hear the process that ev­ery­body had to go through to make it into a can, (it was) quite the process,” Har­vick told For The Win by phone Tues­day.

“And you can see the beat-up de­cals and things that are on the can that ac­tu­ally came off the car.”

Busch, one of Har­vick’s pri­mary spon­sors, took the sheet metal and carbon fiber from four No. 4 cars used last sea­son and re­pur­posed them into 40 beer cans.

You can’t buy these cans at a store. Fans can win them by par­tic­i­pat­ing in a trivia con­test on Twit­ter (hash­tags: #Car2Can #BuschCon­test) while watch­ing the Day­tona 500. They can also bid on them dur­ing an on­line char­ity auc­tion Mon­day.

2018 also isn’t a bad sea­son to get a Har­vick sou­venir from ei­ther. Busch had the paint scheme for three of his ca­reer-high eight wins last sea­son at Kan­sas Speed­way, New Hamp­shire Mo­tor Speed­way and Michi­gan In­ter­na­tional Speed­way.

His other check­ered flags were with with Jimmy John’s or Mo­bil 1 cars.

“There’s a lit­tle map on each can that shows you where the can and the piece of sheet metal was taken off the car,” Har­vick ex­plained. “So it’s about as au­then­tic as you can get.”

Busch will be on Har­vick’s car for 14 races this sea­son, plus The Clash and the All-Star Race, two ex­hi­bi­tion events, start­ing with the Day­tona 500.

The Day­tona 500 kicks off the Mon­ster En­ergy NASCAR Cup Se­ries sea­son Feb. 17 at Day­tona In­ter­na­tional Speed­way.

Sheet metal from Kevin Har­vick’s old race cars have been re­cy­cled. BUSCH

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