KHI To Leave Truck Series

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Ron Hornaday has driven KHI's signature No. 33 truck since 2005. (Photo: Getty Images)

Earlier this week, Kevin Harvick and Richard Childress reached agreement on plans for the current Kevin Harvick Incorporated NASCAR Nationwide Series teams to run under the Richard Childress Racing banner in 2012.

Since then, there have been questions about the future of KHI’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams after this year.

Harvick provided few details this morning at Richmond, but confirmed that his truck team ownership would be coming to a close.

“There’s nothing to announce today,” Harvick told MRN Radio’s NASCAR Today host Woody Cain at RIR. “But the one thing I can tell you is that there will be no trucks that will run out of KHI. But as far as what happens with the truck teams, that will come in the weeks to come.”

Ron Hornaday has piloted KHI’s signature No. 33 Chevy Silverado since 2005. A variety of drivers have taken turns in the KHI No. 2 Chevy, including Harvick himself. Hornaday is currently fifth in the Camping World Truck Series driver standings, 48 points behind series leader James Buescher.

Harvick said that it was not an easy decision.

“The reason that the Truck program is really…it’s just a tough; it’s a tough model business-wise," Harvick explained.  "We have scrimped and scraped and got the sponsorship and things that you need. (General Motors) has been a great supporter of everything that we’ve done. But from a business standpoint, sometimes you just have to make the decisions as to what you want to do and for us it just didn’t make sense.

“I think when you look at the expectations that we put on the company to race, it obviously us, RCR, costs us more to race the vehicles than probably some of the other people with no overhead. The Truck Series is a great series. It is a lot of fun. I would love to continue driving some races in the truck series as we move forward. It’s just a point where we felt like we needed to some decisions from a business standpoint and these are the decisions that DeLana and I made and Fred (Lekse), Josh (Jones) and everybody involved has done a great job of taking the best of both worlds and making them work. There was no financial issues; we were making it all work. But, sometimes you just feel like you have got to get something out of it. We were winning races and loved to be a part of that; but, in the end it’s business.”

 

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