Kevin Harvick signs 3-year sponsorship deal with Anheuser-Busch

Budweiser will be on Kevin Harvick's No. 29 Chevy in the majority of NASCAR Sprint Cup points races and two exhibition events for the next three years.

August 18, 2010|By George Diaz, Tribune newspapers

As expected, Anheuser-Busch and Richard Childress Racing announced a sponsorship deal Tuesday involving Kevin Harvick and his No. 29 Chevy. Budweiser will be on the car in the majority of points races and two exhibition events for the next three years.

It's a good fit, considering Harvick has won two Bud Shootouts.

"It's a fun brand to represent," he said.

Harvick became the first driver to qualify for the Chase, giving him a three-week window with limited pressure.

"It's nice to go into this week's race and not have to worry about a Chase spot," Harvick said. "Better than anything, not having to go to Michigan worrying about a Chase spot. ... The next three weeks is kind of a reward for things we've been doing this year.

"We just need to finish the deal with a championship."

Ambrose joins Petty: In other news announced Tuesday, Richard Petty Motorsports confirmed Marcos Ambrose has signed a multiyear agreement to drive the No. 9 Ford Fusion in the Sprint Cup Series beginning in 2011. Ambrose will replace Kasey Kahne.

"(Marcus Ambrose is) a very talented and passionate driver," owner Richard Petty said.

Fightin' words: Some of these NASCAR feuds have the feel of a kindergarten food fight. Check out this exchange between Ryan Newman and Joey Logano after their cars went bumpity-bump in the Carfax 400 Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

"Don't touch me, don't touch me," Newman said while arguing in the garage area with Logano, who seemed to touch Newman's face with his hand.

"So you're not a good enough driver to pass me, is that what you're saying?" Newman said. "I got passed quite a few times clean."

Logano: "It seems every week we race each other too hard. You agree with me? Why am I not the only one that says this? Why don't you talk to anybody? Even Tony Stewart says it."

Newman: "I don't care. ... learn how to drive."

Logano: "Dude, you're not giving me an inch. ... I was on the bottom, and you race the (expletive) out of me, and you had six lanes up top."

Newman: "I was six lanes up and I steered up and tried to miss you because you couldn't control your racecar."

The only thing missing was an "I know you are, but what am I?" retort.

Something to ponder: What do Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth have in common? They are all winless this season.

— George Diaz

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