Tomorrow, Kevin Harvick will drive the #29 Chevrolet for the last time this season, and his career. Harvick began driving the #29 car following the death of Dale Earnhardt in 2001. As he completes his 13th season in the Sprint Cup Series, Harvick has won 23 races for Richard Childress Racing and has finished 3rd in points three times. In addition, he has won two Nationwide Series championships for RCR.
Harvick has enjoyed success at RCR. He won the 2003 Brickyard 400, 2007 Daytona 500, and the 2007 All-Star Race. Harvick is famous for his aggressive driving and occasional outbursts of anger. Most recently, Harvick was criticized for comments he made about Austin and Ty Dillon, the grandsons of Richard Childress. Whether you think his criticisms were valid, they should not have been voiced publicly. During their 13 year partnership, Harvick and Childreen have not always agreed and RCR has had its share of ups and downs, but whatever Harvick has said or done on, and off, the track, Childress has always supported him.
As Harvick gets into the #29 car tomorrow afternoon, Harvick and his fans will have mixed emotions. We are excited for Harvick’s move to Stewart Haas Racing next year, but this will be his last time driving the #29. While Harvick is keeping most of his sponsors when he moves to SHR (including Budweiser and Jimmy Johns), he will be driving the #4. Personally, I have had the privilege of seeing Harvick drive the #29 three times, and he did well each time, including a win last month in Kansas. I am excited for 2014, but I am going to miss the familiar #29 each week and am appreciative of the opportunities RCR has given Harvick.