Harvick, RCR are perfect fit

Despite rocky relationship, he signs extension

May 26, 2010

However rocky the relationship is between Richard Childress Racing and Kevin Harvick, one thing is clear: There aren't lot of better options for Harvick.

RCR is now, even if it hasn't been in the past, the perfect fit for Harvick.

"We're very excited to have Kevin back," Richard Childress said in announcing a multiyear contract extension. "He has written a lot of history for RCR."

Harvick is grateful to Childress, who, after all, started his Cup racing career.

Ten things we learned

this week:

1. This new Kyle Busch/old Kyle Busch business really is amusing Denny Hamlin. When the teammates had their hauler chat after clashing on the track, and after Busch said he wanted to "kill that (expletive)," Hamlin joked that the old Kyle began the conversation, then the new Kyle came to have a chat.

2. It's becoming clearer and clearer that there is no old and new Kyle Busch. Busch is Busch. He's fiery, temperamental and passionate. That can be good at times and bad at other times. How he can harness his emotions on the track will affect the rest of his career.

3. Kurt Busch was the real star of All-Star weekend. He gave Roger Penske a terrific weekend with his victory in the exhibition race on the same day Penske drivers finished in three of the top four spots for the Indy 500.

4. The final segment of the All-Star race always is more exciting than the rest.

5. The contrast between what Steve Addington used to have (Kyle Busch) and what he has now (Kurt Busch) was on display last weekend too.

6. It's not called Lowe's anymore, but Charlotte Motor Speedway is still Jimmie Johnson's house. Johnson had one of the best cars last weekend and has six victories at the track. The only other place he has as many is Martinsville.

7. If Dale Earnhardt Jr. performs again like he did during the All-Star weekend, he'll have some trouble as the season goes on. There will be no more excuses.

8. Danica Patrick still rubs people the wrong way.

9. NASCAR's Hall of Fame induction was as much a celebration of how far the sport has come as of where it has been.

10. Attendees seemed impressed at how well the induction ceremony and its ancillary events were executed.

— Tania Ganguli

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