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Rodney Childers To Miss Cup Race at Watkins Glen

Kevin Harvick will be without longtime crew chief Rodney Childers for today’s (Aug. 20) NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling at The Glen from Watkins Glen International.

Childers tweeted his absence is due to his mother dealing with a serious medical emergency.

Thankfully, Childers said his mother is in stable condition but she is in the ICU. He also says he’ll be assisting the No. 4 team from the Stewart-Haas Racing war room back in Charlotte.

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As for Harvick, he’ll take on the famous upstate New York road course for the final time in his Cup career this afternoon. Engineer Steven Doran will call the race from the pits for the 2014 Cup Series champion.


With only two races remaining in the regular season, Harvick is the highest of three drivers currently above the cut line via points (+145).

He will have a lot of cars to pass though, as he starts his No. 4 Ford in 33rd place.

Harvick and his fellow drivers will take the green flag at 3 p.m. ET with TV coverage provided by USA Network.

About the author

Garrett joined Frontstretch as a news writer in 2023, and became a fantasy racing and betting writer in 2024. Hailing from the heart of coal country in southern West Virginia,  he's a married father of three and currently enrolled in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at New River Community Technical College in Beaver, WV. He has been a racing fan since 1998, primarily watching NASCAR, but branching out to F1 and IndyCar as his love for motorsports has grown.

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