By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)
According to SceneDaily.com’s Bob Pockrass, sources close to Richard Childress Racing confirm that the team is losing Shell/Pennzoil as a sponsor for the No. 29 car in 2011. Silly season is in complete full swing, and it is only April. In the past week Kasey Kahne has announced he is leaving Richard Petty Motorsports after 2010, and now Kevin Harvick’s sponsor is moving on. According to the report the sponsor will be leaving Kevin Harvick to possibly partner with Penske Racing’s driver Kurt Busch.
It is obvious why Shell/Pennzoil would want to make the move… Harvick hasn’t won since his first race with the sponsor in 2007… That was 115 races ago. Not only that, but last season Harvick was very vocal in his displeasure with Richard Childress Racing’s performance. RCR’s performance has rebounded nicely in 2010, but they still have not been able to sign Harvick to a contract extension.
All of this uncertainty seems to of been too much for Shell/Pennzoil.
Next season, if the report is true, they will be partnered with the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. Kurt Busch also has won at least one race every season since 2002. Now if this move happens what happens to Miller Lite? What will happen to Sam Hornish Jr.’s Mobil 1 sponsorship? Well my friends we have opened pandora’s box. Everything will be known soon through some sort of press conference, but until then we are left to speculate.