Colby Lewis, as everyone who follows the Texas Rangers knows by now, is a huge fan of motorsports.
He has built a small dirt track at his home in Bakersfield, Calif., and his brother does some racing. Bakersfield is also the hometown of 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick, and Lewis is a big-time homer.
The right-hander found himself at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday rooting on Harvick from the pits as Harvick beat and banged with Carl Edwards to win the Good Sam 500 in a photo finish.
“A lot of fun,” Lewis said. “I was jumping around like he’d won it, and then they were like, ‘I don’t know! I don’t know! I don’t know! And then they announced it and everybody started going nuts.”
Lewis and Harvick are friendly enough, and each respects the other’s schedule as a professional athlete. But they are close enough that Lewis spent time in Harvick’s motorhome during the race and was part of the postrace celebration in Victory Lane.
“We’re not best friends,” Lewis said. “But I feel like if I needed something I could call him, and vice versa.”