If I had known that Kevin Harvick was going to sign an extension with Stewart-Haas Racing yesterday, I assure you I would have tried to get it out a day earlier, but had other business to attend to. It’s not very often I try to play what if, but then all of that gets put to rest permanently a few hours later. You very well could play what if you like, but now that Harvick has shut us all up on the rumors, well that is his right and inking a new long term extension has done that.
Even with the lack of power that Harvick may be experiencing with the new rules package, he still has faith in the organization that the new changes will help him benefit into becoming a stronger competitor in 2017. Possibly the only main concern was that Harvick has driven Chevrolet since coming over to Sprint Cup, with whom he’s won 32 career races with. While the move to SHR helped make up for all the poles and top finishes he could’ve had earlier in his career, they feel that Ford could be the next step to make Harvick better.
Since the rumors are now forever gone, it looks like Kasey Kahne will remain with Hendrick for now since he has two years remaining. Kahne’s wins and high finishes have been on the decline the last couple of years, while he has only cracked the top 10 four times this season. With the exception of Chase Elliott, the rest of Hendrick have not had very good success the last few weeks, albeit being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I’m sure with the way Dale Earnhardt Jr expressed his displeasure about his performance has shown that.
For the time being, Harvick will be the new teammate of Clint Bowyer when he replaces Tony Stewart next season. There had been no other rumblings about Danica Patrick or Kurt Busch leaving, so it looks like they all have faith in what changes SHR is bringing. I’m not saying that Hendrick had hoped to bring Harvick over, but it has to be an even bigger blow since they’ve been aligned with SHR. Come to think of it, it’s Hendrick who’s taking an even bigger beating even as we speak.
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Bryan Law