There’s a long-held believe in racing, or at least in NASCAR anyway, that when a driver announces in-season that he’s moving on to another team the following season, or a team owner announces that the current driver will be relieved of driving duties for the team at season’s end, the team becomes what’s affectionately referred to as a “lame duck.” In other words, the rest of the current season is shot, because driver and/or crew have lost the motivation to go out and win week in and week out.
If that’s the case, shouldn’t Kevin Harvick and the Richard Childress Racing No. 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team pretty much be lame ducks for the entire 2013 campaign? Harvick has already announced that he won’t be back at RCR next year. One would think so.
Sure, it’s early. As a matter-of-fact, the 2013 season hasn’t really, officially, gotten underway if you count the Daytona 500 as the start of the season. After all, the Daytona 500 is the first points-paying race of the year. But there’s already been a few Daytona events in 2013 — the Sprint Unlimited and the Budweiser Duel at Daytona.
While the aforementioned events don’t pay out points, they are still racing events and so far, so good for Harvick and the No. 29 crew. Two races have resulted in two wins. Harvick started off the year with a Sprint Unlimited win last weekend, the third of his career. He followed that up on Thursday by winning the first Budweiser Duel.
After his Unlimited win, Harvick even referred to it as a victory for the lame ducks during radio communication with his team. So far, the No. 29 bunch doesn’t look like a group of lame ducks.
Maybe Kevin Harvick is just that determined to make sure he leaves the No. 29 team in good shape. Maybe young son, Keelan, is a good-luck charm. Maybe it’s a little of both. Maybe it’s neither. Whatever the reason or motivation, Harvick looks to be debunking that whole “lame duck” myth.