Kevin Harvick has signed a long-term contract extension with Stewart-Haas Racing, the NASCAR team announced Thursday.
Harvick won the Cup championship in 2014, his first year with SHR. He has nine of his 32 career victories with since joining the organization.
“It was a big decision to join Stewart-Haas Racing and it has turned out to be my best decision,” Harvick said in a statement. “I came to Stewart-Haas Racing to win championships. We have one, but that only made us hungry for more. I’m very happy to have my future secure with a team so dedicated to winning.”
Harvick will continue to work with crew chief Rodney Childers, who signed a multi-year contract with SHR in 2015.
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“Kevin’s results speak for themselves, and in addition to those numbers, he brings a presence to our team that makes everyone want to work harder,” said SHR co-owner Tony Stewart in a statement. “Kevin has made Stewart-Haas Racing a better team and he will continue to be an integral part of our future.”
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