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Not Completely Happy

Posted on: April 23, 2010 4:50 pm
Kevin Harvick's contract with Richard Childress Racing expires at the end of the season but where the veteran driver lands is still very much up in the air.

This week's news that sponsor Shell/Pennzoil would leave the No. 29 car for Penske Racing next season didn't help the situation at RCR any and the team now faces the prospect of replacing one of the sport's most successful drivers as well as a multi-million sponsor.

The way the news leaked out this week of Shell's departure didn't sit well with Harvick as he addressed the media Friday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway.

"If you're going to quote a source, put their name (in the story)," Harvick said. "If they're too chicken to give you their name, don't put their quote in the paper."

Smart money would have Harvick staying right where he is at RCR. He comes into this weekend's Aaron's 49 fourth in the point standings and has seen a complete resurgence of the team since this time last year when the then four-car stable was struggling mightily and Harvick voiced his desire to bolt.

Childress stepped in to quiet that noise and reminded everyone that Harvick was under contract with the team through 2011.

Things got better and the performance improved and it appeared that Harvick re-upping was all but a done deal - until this week's sponsorship news.

The opportunities for Harvick aren't as plentiful as they were even twelve months ago. Unless sponsorship falls out of the sky, several teams are either doing their best to hold their own or in some cases shrinking stables.

There was some speculation that Harvick would find his way to Stewart-Haas Racing, which still appears the likely destination for Kasey Kahne in his holding pattern year before joining the Hendrick Motorsports fold full-time in 2012, but again corporate funding would be a must for that scenario to play itself out.

The game of musical chairs seems to be more of a sponsor merry-go-round these days as companies jump from one team to another. Until those moves are finalized and organizations know exactly what kind of dollars they'll have to deal with, landing a driver seems almost like an after thought.

Harvick's future may not be known for some time now given the cloudy nature of the NASCAR economic world.
Category: Auto Racing
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