Garage Chatter: Richmond

Harvick and Childress re-up: Richard Childress Racing announced Friday that Kevin Harvick has resigned to drive the No. 29 Chevy for the next three years. "There's been a lot of speculation and talked about over the past few months but Richard...

Harvick and Childress re-up: Richard Childress Racing announced Friday that Kevin Harvick has resigned to drive the No. 29 Chevy for the next three years.

"There's been a lot of speculation and talked about over the past few months but Richard and I have been on the same page the whole time," said Harvick. "I am excited and feel really comfortable with where everything is at and where everything is headed."

The garage has been atwitter for months, speculating on where Harvick would land when his contract expired. Harvick hinted at Bristol that there was the possibility of him staying at RCR stating that he was more interested in performance than payroll.

"I am looking forward to the next three years at RCR," Harvick said. "We've made a lot of changes over the past year that have really helped the organization in the right direction. The chemistry feels right between the drivers the crew chiefs and the teams. Above all else, there is a long relationship at RCR that Richard and I have. I feel like it would take time to recreate what we've built over the last seven years."

After a couple of bumpy years at RCR, the organization looks back on track - with all three Childress cars running well this season. Harvick, 30, has six Cup wins with RCR and currently leads Busch series point standings.

"Hopefully a lot more history can be written over the next three years," said Childress "I am really excited that it is finally done.I think the best is yet to come."

Kahne OK to race: Kasey Kahne got the wind knocked out of him last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway - but he was really OK. Concern was raised after Kahne chose not to return to the No. 9 Dodge after repairs and sent in a relief driver because medical personnel did not clear him to get back into the car.

Apparently, Kahne got the breathe knocked out of him so hard he was having trouble speaking to the ambulance workers - they assumed that maybe something else was going on which prompted what happened. Kahne was fine and talking by the time he left the infield hospital but Hermie Sadler took over the wheel later in the race for him.

Kahne saw doctors this week and is A-OK to pilot the car.

"At Talladega, we just got in the wrong spot," explained Kahne. "It was disappointing to get caught up in a wreck nine laps into the race, but it happened. I'm fine and will be ready to go at Richmond."

Jarrett/RYR to part ways?: Dale Jarrett still claims that there has been no plan set on his future for the 2007 season. But, sources say that Jarrett brought a proposal to Yates before Talladega which was not matched and that he will exit the No. 88 Ford to take a Toyota ride at Michael Waltrip Racing.

"Within the next 10 days we will have a definite answer," said Jarrett Friday during the Nextel wake-up call.

It is not clear whether or not UPS will follow Jarrett, which may be the hold up in the announcement. Sources say the new contract has already been inked.

Garage insiders say that Casey Mears is the frontrunner for the No. 88 Ford ride and that UPS would stay on as a sponsor at Yates if the company hires a young gun that could compete with the marketing image of Denny Hamlin and Fed Ex. It is speculated, however, that Mears may have a letter of intent to run a fourth car at another organization already.

Hamlin hurt post testing at Charlotte: Lesson for Denny Hamlin: Horseplay can hurt. Hamlin and several crew members were racing around the hauler in the garage after testing at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Hamlin seriously cut his left hand and had to have 19 stitches, it is expected that he will be able to race.

"I am fine, it was just stupid, I am ready to drive," Hamlin stated.

Marlin's 30th anniversary May 18th: Two days after his start at Richmond this weekend Sterling Marlin will mark his 30th anniversary in NASCAR racing. Marlin made his NASCAR racing debut on May 18, 1976 and has garnered 10 wins and 83 top fives.

"I hadn't really thought about this being my 30-year anniversary to be honest," said Marlin. "But I guess that's about right," said Marlin, a two- time Daytona 500 champion. "I'm amazed I'm still around and that I've been running that long. When you've been messing with racecars like I've been doing since I was 12 or 13-years-old, time flies. Racing is my life and I'm still having a blast."

Saturday night's race will mark Marlin's 685th start.

Pirates onboard with Sadler: M&M Motorsports and Robert Yates Racing will mark the opening of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" with a special paint scheme on the No. 38 Ford and the release of white chocolate M&M's called "pirate pearls".

Red, Yellow and Green M&M characters will join Sadler on the M&M's Ford dressed in pirate costumes set to a tropical background. It may be the cutest car of all time.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Michael Waltrip , Kevin Harvick , Sterling Marlin , Casey Mears , Hermie Sadler , Kasey Kahne , Robert Yates , Denny Hamlin
Teams Richard Childress Racing , Michael Waltrip Racing , Yates Racing