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Harvick Still Racing Hard for RCR

Author: Ben White
Date: April 29, 2013

Kevin Harvick's departure from RCR Enterprises at the end of the 2013 Sprint Cup season will be a sad realization at the Welcome-based NASCAR organization. It's been an incredible ride for the Bakersfield, Calf., native that began as a very unexpected twist of fate.

Harvick joined team owner Richard Childress in 2000 as an up-and-coming Nationwide Series driver with a steady plan to eventually move up to NASCAR's top division. With the death of seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt in 2001, the rather young Harvick was thrust into a media frenzy that would have rattled the most seasoned of veteran drivers.

Throughout the past decade, Harvick has enjoyed several prestigious victories including the 600-mile race at Charlotte, the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis and the Daytona 500, the race considered to be NASCAR's most prestigious event. He's proven he can win when the pressure is at its highest.

He and his No. 29 team have been close to winning a championship in several of his seasons as a Winston Cup and Sprint Cup driver. But thus far, it hasn't happened.

Harvick will wheel Chevrolets for Tony Stewart and Stewart-Haas Racing beginning in 2014. Still, he is determined to win a Sprint Cup title for Childress before he says his final goodbyes at the conclusion of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.

In the ninth event of the season at Richmond International Raceway, Harvick went to victory lane in a green-white-checker pass, a late-race move he seems to have mastered over the years.

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