Kevin Harvick's Tough Season Continues

Misan AkuyaCorrespondent IAugust 17, 2009

BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 16:  Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 SHELL / PENNZOIL Chevrolet, looks on from the grid during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 16, 2009 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images)

Despite a 12th-place finish in Michigan, Kevin Harvick dropped to 23rd in points continuing his disaster of a season.  Realistically, Harvick can finish as high as 18th in points for a driver who finished fourth, 10th and fourth the last three seasons. 

On the radio this season there has been alot of anger and friction between Harvick and team owner Richard Childress.  It seemed to have exploded as bad as ever when Childress yelled over the radio after Harvick was riding crew chief Gil Martin over tire pressures. 

Childress has said that "it was his job (Harvick) to drive the race car and that he had enough."  He also said he wanted to speak to Kevin after the race privately.

Emotions run high in a sport where performance is key, and the No. 29 team hasn't performed.  Between the total team shake up of the No. 29 and No. 07, Harvick has two top fives, two top tens, has led nine laps, and had five finishes outside the top 25, four of which were finishes of 30th, 30th,31st and 38th. 

After the swap, Harvick had a top ten at Indy when he finished sixth, led no laps, and recorded six finishes outside the top 25.  He has been as low as 27th in points.

Harvick, like fellow drivers, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jamie McMurray, Martin Truex Jr., and teammate Jeff Burton, is having the worst season of his career.  But unlike Earnhardt Jr. and McMurray, Harvick hasn't been shy to be very vocal about it.

Will he stay at RCR or wil he leave?  And if so, is he off to Stewart-Haas racing?  Better yet, will Childress allow Harvick to leave a year before his contract is up?  So many questions with 13 races to go in the season.