Richard Childress Racing had a miserable 2012 season that included star driver Kevin Harvick rumored to be going to Stewart-Haas Racing after his contract is up after the 2013 season. It is confirmed and Harvick and Childress will part ways at the end of the 2013 season. Harvick finished a disappointing eighth in the season point standings recording just one win. It made it worse it was after a season in which Harvick won four races and finished third in the standings.
Looking at Harvick's teammates in 2012 they didn't fair too good either. Harvick was the sole driver from Richard Childress Racing to make the Chase in 2012, with teammates Paul Menard and Jeff Burton finishing 16th and 19th in the point standings respectively. Neither Burton or Menard won a race in 2012 and the organization had a lackluster season.
A lot of reports said that the Earnhardt Childress Racing engines we down in horsepower in the 2012 season. Both Richard Childress Racing and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing struggled in the 2012 season, and both used Earnhardt Childress Racing engines in 2012. Earnhardt Ganassi will use Hendrick Engines in the 2013 season. One can only wonder if the engine whoas from 2012 will be fixed for 2013.
Looking at RCR's driver lineup you begin to scratch your head on whether improvement is expected from the organization. Their leading driver, the afore mentioned Kevin Harvick, will be a lame duck driver throughout the entire season. Richard Childress himself hinted that it will be a different year with Harvick's situation. One has to wonder if both the team and the driver are thinking about the 2014 season.
Paul Menard is another driver for the team. Menard is a decent cup driver, but he only has one win in 216 career starts. He hasn't finished better than 16th in his career in the point standings and hasn't shown much as far as being a Chase contender is concerned.
Then there is Jeff Burton. Burton's career has had some high points and low points. He came to the Cup Series and ran two decent seasons with Stavola Brother Racing before Jack Roush hired him to drive the #99 Ford in 1996. Burton got his first Cup win in 1997 and was a consistent driver and had 18 wins in five seasons for Roush. However after the 2001 season, Burton began to struggle. He and Roush Racing parted ways in the middle of the 2004 season. He was picked up by Richard Childress Racing, where Burton revived his career. He won four races for the organization from 2005-2007. His last four seasons have been a bit puzzling, leaving some fans thinking Burton's best years are behind him and 2013 will be his last season at RCR.
It's a good question. There have been some personnel changes for the organization. However from the outside looking at it you have to wonder if the 2013 season will be similar to the 2012 season for Richard Childress Racing.
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