Media outlets around NASCAR are trying to make Silly Season a thing by spreading the fact that Kasey Kahne will be out of a ride soon. Sure, that may seem believable given his performance this season, but what’s unrealistic is who might replace him: Kevin Harvick.
Despite denying he’ll leave Stewart-Haas Racing after its switch to Ford next year, Harvick has been constantly linked to different rides. Now Frontstretch.com is reporting that Hendrick Motorsports is offering up Kahne’s ride to Harvick if he wants to stick with Chevrolet.
Multiple sources claimed to me at the track the driver’s been approached with an offer to move to Hendrick Motorsports equipment in 2017, a deal that could insert him straight into Kasey Kahne’s No. 5 car.
One Harvick fan decided to go straight to the source. Harvick responded with the most blunt response possible.
Bunch of people who make shit up…. https://t.co/HdLgxanmQU
— Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) May 17, 2016
Kahne has underachieved in recent seasons, but the logistics just don’t entirely make sense. He’s signed through 2018 and would have to be essentially relegated to a satellite team such as HScott Motorsports once Clint Bowyer moves into Tony Stewart’s seat in the No. 14 next season.
Then there’s the results. Since talks of Kahne’s ride being in question firing up weeks ago, the No. 5 car has finished inside the top five in two of the last four races.
Looking forward to driving the #4 car for many years to come. Never had more fun racing & love my team. #4thewin
— Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) April 7, 2016
As for Harvick, the same man who said this spring, “I’m in the best position I’ve ever been in. It would be pretty tough to walk out on everything we’ve built,” is staying put with SHR. Regardless of the switch to Ford, something tells me there’s no chance he doesn’t remain loyal with the team that brought him his first championship back in 2014.
You can’t make that s*** up.