Kevin Harvick's departure from Richard Childress Racing to Stewart-Haas Racing came as no surprise.
After the news leaked last November, it was simply a matter of when the Budweiser portion on the deal would be revealed -- and the car number -- to make it official.
Although Harvick didn't understand the timing of the announcement, on Friday, Stewart-Haas team owner Tony Stewart acknowledged that plans had been in the works for the last two years but only came to fruition recently.
"It was a lot of work to get to that," Stewart said. "It's not a decision that was made overnight. There were a lot of processes in between that made it a long journey, but we are here."
Sources say that Budweiser signed off with SHR in the last month -- after opting not to introduce a fourth different driver in seven seasons. Although Bud has backed dozens of drivers, including Darrell Waltrip in his 1985 championship season in the No. 11, Bill Elliott (also with Junior...