ESPN’s Marty Smith broke what could be the biggest news story of the weekend by reporting that Kevin Harvick would leave Richard Childress Racing after the 2013 to join Stewart-Haas Racing. Naturally, all parties involved were mum on the situation, but speculation of Harvick joining Tony Stewart at SHR has been rampant the past few years.
Tony Stewart has driven for Harvick when he field Nationwide Series cars in years past, so Harvick driving for Stewart wasn’t that farfetched. It’s weird for them to put this together one year in advance, but I guess that gives SHR time to build cars and court sponsors. As of right now, they will be a four car effort in 2014, with neither Ryan Newman nor Danica Patrick expected to leave the organization.
For Richard Childress Racing this opens up a seat for his grandson Austin Dillon to jump up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2014, which has been the plan. I had thought it would be a fourth car effort for that team or replacing Jeff Burton in the #31. This move will add fuel to the fire that the famous number 3 will be back, as Harvick’s car was the number 3 when Dale Earnhardt drove for RCR.