Kevin Harvick refused to give up this season, his last with
Richard Childress Racing.
His final race was no different as he battled an ill-handling
race car at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Harvick pulled out a 10th-place finish Sunday in his final run
in the No. 29 Chevrolet. He entered the finale in mathematical
contention to win the Sprint Cup title, but needed a failure from
Jimmie Johnson to have a realistic shot.
”We were able to salvage something out of the night,” Harvick
said. ”Obviously, it’s not what we wanted, but came back and were
way better at the end than what we were in the beginning. It’s what
we’ve done all year, and I’m just proud of everybody and thank them
for everything that they have done.”
Johnson finished ninth to wrap up his sixth championship in the
last eight years.
Harvick wound up third in the final standings, 34 points behind
Johnson. Matt Kenseth was the runner-up.
Harvick is moving to Stewart-Haas Racing next year after 14
seasons with RCR.
Harvick emerged from his car smiling, relieved that a day – a
season, really – filled with emotion was over.
”I’m happy, yeah,” Harvick said. ”I’m happy with everything
that we have been able to accomplish as a group. We had a great
year knowing what the circumstances were and we have won a lot of
races, a lot of the marquee races.”
Harvick won 23 Cup races with Childress, including 12 in the
last four years. He won four times this season. He also won two
Nationwide Series titles (2001, 2006) with Childress.
”There is a lot that has happened with everything and everybody
at RCR, and really proud about my past and everybody who has been
involved in it and really excited about my future.”