Over the last two years, no crew chief has been as successful in the pit box than Rodney Childers. On Friday, Stewart-Haas Racing made sure he would remain with Kevin Harvick for the future by locking him into a multi-year contract.
In his debut with SHR, Childers helped Kevin Harvick secure five wins, eight poles and eventually win the 2014 Sprint Cup championship. That momentum hasn’t slowed this season with two wins already and currently sitting at the top of the points standings and second on the Chase Grid.
The duo’s success made keeping them together crucial moving forward.
“Rodney Childers and Kevin Harvick set a new standard of excellence in 2014 that they’ve carried into this season,” team co-owner Tony Stewart said in a statement. “Keeping Rodney and Kevin together was a high priority, and we’re obviously very happy to have the two of them at Stewart-Haas Racing for many years to come.”
No word as to the length of the deal or the salary specifics were released. Just days before his 39th birthday on Sunday, Childers noted he was pleased with the deal.
“I knew when I came to Stewart-Haas Racing that this was a special opportunity,” Childers said. “Kevin’s skills have always been evident, and his hunger and desire to be the absolute best he can be in every practice, qualifying session and race motivates our entire team. We have great leadership at Stewart-Haas Racing along with a deep commitment toward success, excellent people and strong partners. If you want to win, this is where you want to be, and I’m happy to be here for a long time.”
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