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Unhappy Harvick Rips Rumors

Jeff Hood | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Friday, April 23 2010

Kevin Harvick still has not made up his mind about returning to the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing car next year. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images for NASCAR)

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

Talladega, Ala. – Kevin Harvick, whose contract with Richard Childress Racing expires at the end of the current season, is viewed by many as the hottest free agent in the NASCAR garage

But the driver nicknamed “Happy Harvick” wasn’t ready to tip his hand earlier today on where he’ll be employed in 2011.

After long-time sponsor Shell announced earlier this week it will move its sponsorship dollars from Harvick’s No. 29 Chevrolet to Penske Racing next season, speculation begin to mount that the 2007 Daytona 500 champion might be looking to depart RCR at season’s end.

But it appears several more dominoes will have to fall before Harvick’s future becomes clear.

“Richard Childress and myself have a great relationship, and we’ve been talking about a lot of things for several months,” Harvick said. “It’s not any different than what we would normally do at this particular time.

“Cars are running well, everybody is communicating well, and I don’t know what else to say other than Richard and I have had many, many, many, many, many, many, many conversations over the last several months.

“Where all that leads—it’s right now, I’m driving the 29 car and we’ll see. I don’t see where anything is going or this and that. I know Richard and I have had a lot of conversations over the last three months.”

When asked if his relationship with Chevrolet will continue into next year, Harvick said: “that would be a good, fair statement.”

But he would offer little more insight into his his 2011 plans during a news conference at Talladega Superspeedway in advance of Sunday’s Aaron’s 499.

Harvick wouldn’t confirm if he’s having dialogue with other teams, such as Stewart-Haas Racing,

“Right now, we’re really just trying to focus on what we’re doing to be honest with you,” Harvick said. “I just really try not to get in the middle of it like I have in the past.

“When that time comes, I don’t think there is anything pressing time-wise for anybody whether it’s the team at RCR or myself. Rightfully so, I think that’s the opportunity that we have to try to work out first.

“Like I said, that is where we’ve been headed over the past several months. As far as talks and things like that, I think it’s only fair that we work on all that first. So that’s what we’ve been doing.”

Harvick did take issue with a published report earlier this week which quoted an unnamed source as saying “Kevin has burned all his bridges here (at RCR).”

“If you’re going to quote a source, quote their name,” Harvick said. “Otherwise, if they’re too chicken to give you their name, don’t put their quote in the paper. It’s that simple.

“Anonymous sources are crap. If you want real sources go talk to real people.”

– Jeff Hood can be reached at jhood@racintoday.com

Jeff Hood | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Friday, April 23 2010
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  • Richard in N.C. says:

    Happy’s future has not been well reported at all in my view – maybe because the likely answer is so simple it would pretty much end the stories. Where is Happy more likely to be in 2011 than still at RCR? He can’t go to Hendrick and now Stewart-Haas is probably not an option due to the Kahne-Martin situation – and apparently the press has forgotten all about Danica. Why would Happy take a step down from the quality of a team he’s at now? Nevertheless, I saw at least one member of the press write last week that losing Shell spelled the end of Happy’s tenure at RCR – which could be the dumbest statement by the NASCAR press , so far, this year.

  • John says:

    Unnamed sources are a staple of the newspaper industry, and now on the web. They often are a beat writer’s best friend and need to be protected. But to Kevin Harvick’s point…it’s always better to have two sources confirming such an incendiary statement.