Kevin Harvick has never been one to shy away from controversial encounters during his stint in the ranks of NASCAR. Now, as a lame-duck driver at Richard Childress Racing, he may be a dangerous threat behind the wheel of the No. 29 Chevrolet.
Harvick's departure from RCR has been rumored several times over the years, but the leak during the 2012 season took on a life of its own until it was finally confirmed.
The driver of the Budweiser car for Richard Childress will head to Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2014 season. His primary sponsor looks to be leaving with him as will Jimmy John's.
RCR seemed to just be off-pace with the Cup program this past season for reasons that are difficult to pinpoint. Harvick won the next to last race of the season and finished eighth in points.
The 2013 season will no doubt see some changes within the organization that should make them more competitive once again, but their hottest driver will be Harvick.
He has nothing to lose and everything to gain by putting maximum effort into going for the series title during his final year at RCR.
Harvick is never one to lay down, and this may be the time for him to give his boss a long-overdue NASCAR Sprint Cup title.
This slideshow will highlight the reasons why Harvick might be the champ in 2013. There is one caveat to this article: Should things go badly during the first half of the season, look for him to jump ship early for SHR.