Found November 20, 2012 on
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Now that the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is over I wanted to take a look at the 2013 drivers that are entering their final year under contract.
Entering ‘13, eight full-time drivers will be competing in their final year of their contact and either can re-up or test the free agency waters.
The dominoes are going to fall with Kevin Harvick. ESPN broke the story in Phoenix that he will be leaving Richard Childress Racing for Stewart/Haas after the season for 2014. If that happens the domino will fall on SHR and Ryan Newman. Can Newman do enough in 2013 to get funding so SHR can have four cars, or will Harvick get Newman’s seat?
From there the domino falls back onto RCR and if Richard Childress brings up his grandson Austin Dillon from the Nationwide Series to Cup. He certainly is ready and the chips and falling his way for that to happen. Dillon would more than likely take Harvick’s seat and they would change the No. 29 back to the No. 3.
From there, the ball is still in RCR’s...
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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet, met with members of the media at Homestead-Miami Speedway and discussed what last week’s win at Phoenix does for him and his team, how he feels the evolution of safety has come with the Car of Tomorrow, what it is like to run multiple races in a weekend and much more.
GETTING THAT WIN, WHAT DOES THAT DO FOR THE TEAM MORAL WISE...
Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser team drove to an eighth-place finish in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-finale event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. After starting the 267-lap affair from the 23rd position, the Bakersfield, Calif., native battled handling issues that left the black and red Chevrolet tight in the center and loose on exit of the turns.
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished eighth (Kevin Harvick), 11th (Paul Menard) and 19th (Jeff Burton).
Harvick closed out the 2012 season ranked eighth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings, 79 points shy of champion Brad Keselowski, while Menard ranked 16th in the standings and Burton held finished in the 19th position....