Richard Childress has made it quite obvious that is in not happy with the rumors of Kevin Harvick signing a contract to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014 and he also made it clear that he isn’t happy with the press asking him questions about the situation.
Just prior to the start of last night’s Camping World Truck Series qualifying session at Phoenix International Raceway, a very irritated Richard Childress appeared next to his grandson’s, Ty Dillon, truck.
ESPN points out that it had nothing to do with Ty trailing 15 points in the point standings with two races remaining at the time (currently 12 points now).
The irritation had everything to do with the report published on ESPN earlier in the day prior to qualifying reporting that Harvick has already signed a new multi-year contract with SHR ending a will-be thirteen year career with Richard Childress Racing.
“You need to go talk to them people. Don’t talk to me about it. If you want to talk to me about [the truck] championship, I’ll talk about it. But don’t talk to me about anything else,” said Childress.
Childress has faced a lot of criticism for making his grandchildren the priority of his teams operations. After last season he lost Clint Bowyer to Michael Waltrip Racing. He will be losing Joey Coulter in the Truck Series to Kyle Busch Motorsports. He is also losing Nationwide Series Championship contender Elliott Sadler after this season and while his destination is unknown, he will likely be racing for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013. Now, he could be losing his flagship driver of twelve years after their thirteenth season together in 2014.
On top of losing drivers, the criticism is further fueled by the performance issues RCR is having in the Sprint Cup Series while his Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series teams are thriving and at the top of the “game” this season with championships within reach.
Harvick has been known to be unhappy with the team before. In 2010 he held out on signing a contract extension for a few months before he eventually signed a three year contract to remain with the team. With nothing confirmed by either of the three parties, it could be a matter of someone wanting to stir the pot up!
ESPN reports that the news came as a shocker to Childress and that it would explain his angry looks and mood Friday night at Phoenix International Raceway!