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Childress Says Harvick In No. 29 Car Next Year

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Monday, August 31 2009
Kevin Harvick staying at Childress in 2010. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Kevin Harvick staying at Childress in 2010. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com

Richard Childress on Monday put out a statement about the future of Kevin Harvick at Richard Childress Racing.

Also on Monday, Yates Racing announced it is replacing Bobby Labonte as driver of the No. 96 car for seven races this season. He will be replaced by Erik Darnell.

In the statement, Childress said that Harvick will continue to drive the No. 20 Chevrolet in the 2010 season.

“Rumors about Kevin not driving for RCR next season have been flying around the garage area and in the media,” Childress said. “We want to put the rumors behind us by stating together that Kevin will drive RCR’s No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet Impala SS for the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.”

Harvick has been driving for Childress since the 2001 season. He has 11 victories in the Sprint Cup Series but none since 2007

This season, he is 24th in points and has no shot at earning a berth in the Chase.

“RCR continues to work on the overall performance of the No. 29 team, like we are with all of our teams, and the plan is to end the season on a high note,” Childress said in the statement. “Kevin and the No. 29 team are also preparing for next season with the goal of making a run at the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.”

Harvick has also earned victories in the 2007 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and 2009 Budweiser Shootout (2009) non-points events.

He has 33 victories in the Nationwide Series, where he owns a team. Kevin Harvick Inc. also races in the truck series. It owns the truck of Ron Hornaday Jr., who won five straight races this year.

But in Cup, he has just two top-five finishes in 2009.

“While the 2009 season has not been what any of us have wanted, Richard and I are both committed to improving the performance of the No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil team for the remainder of this year and the 2010 season,” Kevin Harvick, the 2007 Daytona 500 champion, said.

Last week, RCR driver Clint Bowyer said that the uncertainty surrounding Harvick’s future needed to be cleared up.

On Monday, it was.

Darnell will make his Sprint Cup Series debut Labor Day weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the #96 Academy Sports & Outdoors Ford Fusion. He also is slated to pilot the #96 at Loudon, Kansas, Talladega, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead.

– Jim Pedley can be reached at jpedley@racintoday.com

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Monday, August 31 2009
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