Harvick closes out RCR run with 10th-place finish

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.”