Gordon, Bowyer lead NASCAR's circus of mayhem into Homestead

"We can all talk about what's going to happen in 2014," Harvick said after winning in Phoenix last weekend. "We have 2012, we have 2013, and regardless of what happens on a business side of things, Richard Childress and myself will always be friends, good or bad, and may agree to disagree, but we still have a lot of racing left to do and we owe it to our sponsors and our company to go out and do exactly what we did today and be men and do the best we can for everybody."

"It's a business decision," Childress aid. "This is a business sport."

This should be a smooth transition for Harvick, who has driven for Childress throughout his 12-year career, starting under the most trying of circumstances: He replaced Dale Earnhardt following Earnhardt's death in the 2001 Daytona 500.

Harvick is good friends with Tony Stewart, so the switch makes sense from that perspective.

As for Childress, he won't have to look hard for replacements. Childress' grandsons — Nationwide Series driver Austin Dillon and Camping World Truck Series driver Ty Dillon are being groomed for Cup rides, and Austin should be in line for a Cup ride in 2014.

But there is still some concern about the talent that has left the building. Clint Bowyer left to join Michael Waltrip Racing after RCR could not secure a sponsorship at the end of last season.

Childress Racing has not won a Cup title since 1994.

Kyle to stay?

Kyle Busch is another top driver would could be on the move, although J.D. Gibbs, the president of Joe Gibbs Racing, wants no part of that.

"I feel good that we'll get it all together,'' J.D. Gibbs said at Phoenix last weekend. ""I'm not going to say anything official, but we feel good about it.''

Busch is entering the last year of his contract in 2013. Any speculation that he might go to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014 went belly up after Harvick's commitment.

Musical interlude

NASCAR will have a lot more than left-handed turns to offer up this weekend as its version of Super Bowl week (apologies to Daytona) heads to South Florida.

Recording artists Daughtry and Frankie J will perform in the third annual NASCAR Championship DriveTM festival Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. at Lummus Park on South Beach. The event is free.

 

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