Could RCR Title Drought End In 2013?

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Kevin Harvick celebrates his victory in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend. (Rich Iceland Photo)
Kevin Harvick celebrates his victory in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend. (Rich Iceland Photo)

DOVER, Del. – Nearly two decades have passed since Richard Childress Racing won its last championship with Dale Earnhardt in 1994.

Over 19 years, drivers from five different teams – Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and Penske Racing – have claimed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles.

Yet RCR remains relevant, winning 47 races from 1995 through Sunday when Kevin Harvick captured his second Coca-Cola 600. Harvick’s victory was RCR’s 103rd in NASCAR’s premier series.

Still, it’s been a long drought championship-wise for Childress, who shared six titles with NASCAR Hall of Famer Earnhardt and is himself a nominee for the Hall of Fame enshrinement.

The team’s championship “bests” since then have been thirds by Harvick in 2010-11 and Jeff Burton in 2006.

Harvick, a two-time winner in 2013, ranks seventh in NASCAR Sprint Cup standings entering Sunday’s FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks. Teammate Paul Menard, unheralded prior to the campaign’s beginning, is a surprising eighth.

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