“I honestly think RCR is ready to contend for the championship this year,” said Childress. “We have Kevin and Paul up there. We’re getting better. (Director of Competition) Eric Warren has come along and put together a great group of people. Our engine shop keeps getting better and better.”
Harvick is in his final year with RCR – having been promoted to the No. 29 Chevrolet following Earnhardt’s death in the 2001 Daytona 500 – but neither owner nor driver believe his “lame duck” status is a negative.
“In a business world, things happen; changes happen,” Childress said. “I wish him the best of luck at the end of the year but right now we have got a job in front of us.”
Harvick said he will give the organization 100% as long as he’s an RCR employee.
“It’s too important to the people that put in hours and hours and hours; the people that put in millions and millions of dollars (to do otherwise),” he said.
Harvick has yet to win at Dover. His best finish, second, came last spring. Menard, 17th a year ago, has a single top-10 finish (seventh) with Richard Petty Motorsports. Burton posted the most recent of RCR’s four Dover wins in 2006. Earnhardt won three Dover races.