Kevin Harvick Dispels Hendrick Motorsports Rumors With One Fell Swoop

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By Summer Bedgood, Managing Editor

Despite endless rumors to the contrary, Kevin Harvick will, in fact, be driving a Ford in 2017.

And, yes, it will be with Stewart-Haas Racing.

On Wednesday, Harvick and SHR announced that the two had signed a multi-year contract extension, dispelling recent rumors that Harvick might be seeking supposedly greener pastures at Hendrick Motorsports.

“It was a big decision to join Stewart-Haas Racing and it has turned out to be my best decision,” said Harvick, who has won nine of his 32 career Sprint Cup victories with SHR. “I came to Stewart-Haas Racing to win championships. We have one, but that only made us hungry for more. I’m very happy to have my future secure with a team so dedicated to winning.”

There had been much speculation as to whether or not Harvick would remain with SHR, as the team will be switching manufacturers from Chevrolet to Ford next season. Harvick – who has driven Chevrolets his entire Cup Series career – has denied ever since the announcement that the change in manufacturers would cause him to vacate the premises. After all, Harvick captured his first Sprint Cup Series championship and nine race wins since joining the team in 2014. Why, he asserted, would he want to leave?

When asked by a fan on Twitter whether or not there was any truth to the rumor, Harvick responded by saying “Bunch of people who make s— up…”

Then, when the announcement was made on Wednesday that he was going to be returning to the team for many years to come, he decided to respond with a bit of an “I told you so” to the purveyors of the rumor mill.

Team owner Tony Stewart had his own … erm, “take” on the situation.

Regardless, with the announcement, both Harvick and SHR made a clear statement: Harvick is going to be with SHR for many more years to come.

Yes … even in a Ford.

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