(photo courtesy Leon Hammack)
It appears that there are multiple sources around the garage area that have implicated that the Harvick-Childress relationship is irretrievable. Therefore, the chances of re-signing Kevin Harvick to a contract with Richard Childress Racing is a huge uphill battle. With the loss of the Shell/Pennzoil sponsorship, the chances have become slimmer and slimmer that Harvick would re-sign with Childress.
Last year Harvick was trying to get out of the remaining year of his contract with RCR. However, Childress would not have any part of that idea and held Harvick to the entire duration of the contract.
“Kevin has burned all his bridges here,” said a source requesting anonymity following the news of Shell’s departure. The source reiterated the chances of Childress and Harvick dissolving their marriage were close to 100%. Harvick is the top free agent driver on the market. His preferred destination is Stewart-Haas Racing, where he’d have Hendrick equipment. Tony Stewart is on the record as wanting to expand to three cars next season, dependent upon sponsorship. With Harvick to sell and the broad range of commercial possibilities available through the team’s partner-like association with Hendrick, Stewart-Haas has far greater ability to find a sponsor for Harvick.
However, Kasey Kahne’s decision to join Rick Hendrick’s organization in 2012 has led to widespread speculation that he’ll be at Stewart-Haas in 2011. Kahne certainly will be in Hendrick equipment next season and it’s the logical place. The other possibility would be for Hendrick to ask Mark Martin to vacate the #5 a year early to go to Stewart-Haas.
The pieces of the 2011 puzzle are now falling out of the puzzle box. But just how those puzzle pieces will fit together is going make for a very interesting journalistic “Silly Season”!
Where do you think that Kevin Harvick will land in 2011?
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