Harvick May Want Out Of RCR Next Season For Stewart-Haas Racing

Anthony HammettCorrespondent IJuly 16, 2009

DOVER, DE - MAY 29:  Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet, sits in the gargae area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway on May 29, 2009 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

The business relationship between Kevin Harvick and Richard Childress may be over after this season.

Reports came out this week that Harvick wanted out on his current deal with RCR at the end of the season to join Stewart-Haas racing in 2010.

Along with his move, Harvick would be bringing his two sponsors in Shell and Pennzoil with him.

Harvick is currently signed through the 2010 season with Richard Childress Racing.

Childress said in a quote about the matter. "Kevin will be driving the Shell and Pennzoil car next season."

That doesn't necessarily mean it would be for Richard Childress racing, since Harvick would be taking his sponsors with him if he were to leave.

Harvick replaced Dale Earnhardt after his untimely death in 2001. In just his third race in Spring Cup Competition, Harvick won at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He would win two races total that year and have six top fives finishes.

His most successful season with Richard Childress racing came in 2006 when Harvick posted five wins and 15 top five finishes.

For his nine year career with RCR, Harvick has 11 wins, 58 top five finishes, and 122 top ten finishes in 305 career races.

Harvick has fallen off considerably in 2009. He is 25th in the points standings with no shot to get back in the chase this season.

A change of scenery could be just what Harvick needs to get his career back on the right track (no pun intended).