WDBJ7 Sports Staff/Travis Wells
7:18 PM PST, January 21, 2013
Kevin Harvick’s departure from Richard Childress Racing could open up the return of an iconic car.
Richard Childress alluded to bringing back the No. 3 car Monday night to the Sprint Cup Series during a stop on the NASCAR Media Tour on Monday night at Richard Childress Racing headquarters.
The move could be as soon as next season with the departure of Kevin Harvick from Richard Childress Racing. Ironically, Harvick took Dale Earnhardt’s spot on the Cup Series after Earnhardt’s death 13 years ago. Childress said if and when the No. 3 car comes back, it will be “family” behind the wheel.
Childress’ two grandsons, Austin and Ty Dillon, race in the Nationwide Series. The No. 3 car hasn’t run full-time in the Sprint Cup Series since Earnhardt’s death. Childress didn’t give a definitive timetable for bringing the car back.
Watch WDBJ7’s newscasts Tuesday to hear more about the potential No. 3 car move.
South Boston native Jeff Burton talked about his 149-race winless streak. Burton said if he didn’t think that he had the skills to win, he wouldn’t still be driving.
Harvick, who will race for Stewart-Haas in 2014, talked about his impending departure from Richard Childress Racing. He and Childress both said that all good things must come to an end. Harvick talked about leaving good friends at RCR.
Mixed emotions – considering that’s where Cup career started.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Richard Petty are teaming up to promote a product.
Late Monday night the two appeared together at a news conference to announce a campaign to promote the headache powder Goody's.
Goody's is the title sponsor for Martinsville Speedway's Sprint Cup race on Oct. 27.
-------------------------------Stewart-Haas team owner Tony Stewart said he wouldn’t give up any of his owner points so that Patrick would be able to qualify. That means each week, since Patrick is a new team, she will have to qualify based on speed.
"Her feedback from day one that we worked with her was incredible. A lot better than mine was. I was driving the car and didn't know what was going on,” Stewart said. “Her feedback, she understands what the car is doing. She understands what she is feeling. That shows comfort. I think that's a sign that she's going to do really well, that she's that comfortable that quick."
2013 is a transitional year for Stewart Haas Racing as owner Tony Stewart adds Danica Patrick to his full time Cup Series lineup.
Last season was anything but comfortable for Stewart, who won three races. But two of those were in the first five weeks. Smoke finished 9th in the final points standings, his worst finish since 2008. And things weren't much better for teammate Ryan Newman. He won at Martinsville in the spring but not much else.
Newman is in the final year of his contract, and with Kevin Harvick set to join the organization next year, he knows he must perform at a high level.
"I just don't have the things done on paperwork to be able to say what I'm doing in 2014, which doesn't change the way that I drive this year," Newman said. "I give 100 percent each and every lap. There's no 110 percent, there's only 100 percent. I've always done that and I always will."
Stewart and Patrick have both turned down opportunities to race in the Indianapolis 500 this year to focus on the entire Sprint Cup operation.
Later Monday on the NASCAR Media Tour, we’ll be meeting with the Richard Childress Racing team.
WDBJ7’s Travis Wells will have more during our 6 o’clock newscast.
NASCAR is changing the name and format for one of its races.
The race formerly known as the Bud Shootout is now called the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona. The Feb. 16 race will be the fist with the Generation 6 cars.
Along with the name change fans can also vote on the format, whether or not there is a pit stop and the number of tires changed, and the number of cars eliminated after the second segment. The race is at 8 p.m. Feb. 16.
Fans have the following options to vote on:
RACE FORMAT: 1) 40/20/15 laps 2) 35/30/10 laps 3) 30/25/20 laps. Voting for the race format closes at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 13.
PIT STOP TIRE CHANGES: 1) No pit stop. 2) two tires. 3) four tires. Voting closes after the green flag of the first segment.
ELIMINATION (number of cars eliminated after the second segment): 1) No elimination. 2) two cars. 3) four cars. 4) six cars. Voting closes at the green flag of the second segment.
To vote, click here or download the NASCAR Mobile '13 app. Votes through the app will count twice.
WDBJ7’s Travis Wells is on the NASCAR Media Tour. Check back our website for more information throughout the week, and tune into our newscasts.