Monday, May 24, 2010

Harvick Off the Market

The biggest available name is NASCAR is now off the market. Kevin Harvick has resigned with Richard Childress Racing. Harvick and RCR agreed on a multi-year extension that will keep Harvick in the ride he has piloted since 2001 and scored all 12 of his Sprint Cup victories. As the team struggled all of last season, it became public that “Happy” wasn’t all that happy and he welcomed the opportunity to shop around.

Well things are much better this year, so far, and Harvick leads the Sprint Cup points. If fact, all of the RCR cars are performing very well. Many attribute that success into Harvick’s new deal. In reality, Harvick didn’t have many options. When Kahne signed with Hendrick Motorsports, that eliminated the only better opportunity out there for Harvick. Kevin Harvick Inc. gets factory support from Chevy in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series, so he needed/wanted to stay with a Chevy team. There just aren’t any quality spots open. Stewart-Haas and Earnhardt-Ganassi may have had the resources to bring Harvick on board. Stewart-Haas may expand to a third team, but there seems to be too many drivers at Hendrick. EGR is still in the rebuilding phase it seems to many. Everything else was small potatoes. No offenses to the TRG or Furniture Row Racing teams, but you were never in this race.

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