Harvick Considers Cup Ownership

Michael Waltrip and Tony Stewart might be leading the way for a return to the NASCAR owner-driver Sprint Cup Series team trend of a few years ago.

And Kevin Harvick could be the next high-profile driver to join the ranks.

After KHI's success in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series, a possible move to NASCAR's top division would be a logical next step.

"You never can say no,” Harvick said. “I don't have any interest in driving my own car, I know that for sure, but I think it's something that you always think about."

Harvick has no plans to leave Richard Childress Racing but launching his own Cup team while driving for another owner is nothing new to NASCAR.

DEI was created by the late Dale Earnhardt while he was still behind-the-wheel for Richard Childress.

But Harvick realizes the economic climate is just part of the challenge of finding the right time to take on such an endeavor.

“It’s just going to take the right opportunity to get in from a sponsorship standpoint,” Harvick said of finding the necessary funding to field a Sprint Cup operation. “I think the Trucks and the Nationwide cars have built a foundation for us to do that if the right opportunity ever came about."

“With the people and our shop – all the things are there to do it. It just has got to be timing and I’m not going to do something that is not right [with sponsorship]. Right now, you might have to beef a couple of things up but the foundation is laid for all that stuff.”

Despite his team's success in the Nationwide and truck series, which has won a combined 20 races between the two circuits, Harvick understand the competition level of NASCAR's headliner division.

The recent struggles by established teams like Petty Enterprises, the Wood Brothers and DEI has opened a lot of people's eyes about the financial world of the sport including Harvick's.

“From a DEI and a Petty circumstance, you’ve kind of seen the deterioration of those teams coming and this was just the final straw that broke the camel’s back,” Harvick says. “From the outside looking in, I look at opportunity. That’s how we’ve always approached things.”

The opportunity to run his own business and team is what lured Harvick into ownership and a move to Cup would have to include his being in charge.

“Everything that we’ve done, we’ve done on our own in our particular organization,” Harvick said. “Cup racing is expensive, but I would hate to give up something that I built. I wouldn’t give up any control. I wouldn‘t do it.”

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