Most of the time a new team takes forever to work out the kinks of working together for the first time. No kinks need to be worked out for Kevin Harvick and Rodney Childers this year. The duo already have two wins and have most likely locked in their spot in the chase at the end of the year.
In between this past weekend’s Bojangles Southern 500 victory and his victory at Phoenix during the second weekend of the 2014 NASCAR season, Harvick had some mechanical issues and just all around bad luck.
I personally believe the bad luck is gone for Harvick. Winning this past weekend’s race in dominating fashion showed to everyone that Harvick, Childers and Stewart-Haas Racing are the team to beat.
Good ole Jeff Hammond commented on whether or not Kevin Harvick’s issues go beyond typical growing pains expected with a new team as I mentioned above.
“I’d call Harvick’s issues growing pains if all the Stewart-Haas Racing cars were having these problems. There has to be a common denominator and I’m sure Tony Stewart, that organization, Hendrick Motorsports and Hendrick Engines are trying to figure it out. One time would be a coincidence, but these problems exceed a normal year for Hendrick engine issues. Rodney Childers also will be looking hard to make sure his cars don’t have something different that could create an issue for Hendrick’s engines.”
Hammond always seems to put things in a way that is very understandable. He explained perfectly that this was not a one time issue and that it could continue to happen if the right moves are not made. The right moves will be made because of the people Tony Stewart has working under him understand the struggles of being with new people for the first time.
The No. 14, No. 4 and No. 41 are all going to be winners this year, and two of them already are winners; but I see Tony Stewart getting his first victory of the season very soon. Come November, we may be talking about Stewart-Haas Racing having another NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship.