What the Shell? Kevin Harvick in Trouble?

Jason HoljesContributor IApril 6, 2009

FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 03:  Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet, drives during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 3, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)

Shell commercials and promotions are as common as a Wall Street bailouts these days.

Shell, the third highest contributor to NASCAR as far as sponsorship and the first in promotions are betting that Kevin Harvick will knock off the three time defending champ Jimmy Johnson and stake claim to the throne that Kevin and his passionate fans feel that they deserve. 

Also, Jeff Hammond of FOX Sports picked Kevin to bring home the trophy at years end. A tall task for someone who hasn't won since Daytona 2007. A legitimate top five racer each and every race but somehow can't qualify strong and lead laps like JJ and KB18.  Yeah I said it KB18, just like Kobe (KB24)! All this being said, I'm a Harvick fan.

Take this past week for example. Harvick, coming off a 12th place struggle at Martinsville to get to back into the top ten in points, unloads decently at Texas Motor Speedway and Todd Barrier totally misses on the set up which in turn sends the No. 29 Shell Pennzoil Chevrolet on a sling shot all the way to the back of the pack where he can't recover and ultimately spends most of the afternoon 2-3 laps down, hanging out with Robby Gordon and Reed Sorenson. 

This is not the type of afternoon for an individual that should be if not at the least getting top tens on a weekly basis. I don't know if it is the crew chief who puts him in the lose-lose situations or Kevin or both.