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RCR Close to Agreement With Budweiser on Sponsoring Kevin Harvick

After months of speculation, the Budweiser/Kevin Harvick negotiations are entering the homestretch. Kenny Bruce from SceneDaily is reporting an announcement could happen within the week on a multi-year deal to sponsor Harvick and the No. 29 Chevrolet. The beer company is expected to leave Richard Petty Motorsports and former driver Kasey Kahne, who recently signed an agreement to drive for Red Bull next season. Sources confirmed to Frontstretch‘s Tom Bowles several weeks ago RCR is the only team left in the running for the sponsorship.

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It's Official: Kasey Kahne to Red Bull Racing in 2011

Harvick’s current sponsor, Shell/Pennzoil, is bolting for Penske Racing and driver Kurt Busch in 2011. That left Richard Childress Racing searching for a replacement, although Harvick himself signed a multi-year contract extension in May without a financial backer in place.

The Sprint Cup points leader, Harvick is enjoying his first multi-win season since 2006 and has a 185-point advantage over Jeff Gordon in the standings.

About the author

The author of Did You Notice? (Wednesdays) Tom spends his time overseeing Frontstretch’s 40+ staff members as its majority owner and Editor-in-Chief. Based outside Philadelphia, Bowles is a two-time Emmy winner in NASCAR television and has worked in racing production with FOX, TNT, and ESPN while appearing on-air for SIRIUS XM Radio and FOX Sports 1's former show, the Crowd Goes Wild. He most recently consulted with SRX Racing, helping manage cutting-edge technology and graphics that appeared on their CBS broadcasts during 2021 and 2022.

You can find Tom’s writing here, at CBSSports.com and Athlonsports.com, where he’s been an editorial consultant for the annual racing magazine for 15 years.

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