With the 2012 season over and the 2013 silly season still in full motion, we’ve already begun the 13-2014 silly season before the dust has settled for next year.
Last weeks reports began to surface after ESPN’s Marty Smith was told from an anonymous source that Kevin Harvick has already signed a multi-season contract to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing after his contract with Richard Childress Racing ends in 2013.
While all parties involved including Tony Stewart, denies such talks and signings have happened, this does not come as a surprise. Harvick has been frustrated with things at RCR, just as he did in 2010 when his last contracted ended. However, this time with the emergence of Ty and Austin Dillon, it should come as no surprise that Harvick is looking to jump ship.
It became obvious once the Dillon brothers made it to the big leagues of NASCAR, that Richard Childress was building RCR and focusing it around his grandsons.
While a veteran driver will be needed to guide them come 2014 and beyond, Harvick still is in his prime and still considers himself to be in contention to win championships.
So we all know that story, but some more unanswered questions have apparently been answered yet again by this anonymous source of Marty Smith’s.
Not only will losing Harvick put RCR in a hole as far as talent goes, but this source says Budweiser and Jimmy John’s has informed him regardless of Harvick’s decision, both companies will go where ever Harvick goes.
So in one big move, Childress will lose it’s best driver and two huge sponsors that have kept the 29 car on track each week. A major blow for a team that has struggled greatly in the Sprint Cup Series this season.