Championship crew chief looks to continue his success with the No. 4 team and Kevin Harvick.
Rodney Childers will continue to work his magic at Stewart-Haas Racing.
SHR announced on Friday that the crew chief of the defending Sprint Cup Championship No. 4 team signed a multi-year contract extension to remain with the company and Kevin Harvick.
We have great leadership at Stewart-Haas Racing along with a deep commitment toward success, excellent people and strong partners. If you want to win, this is where you want to be, and I’m happy to be here for a long time.
“I knew when I came to Stewart-Haas Racing that this was a special opportunity,” Childers said. “Kevin’s skills have always been evident, and his hunger and desire to be the absolute best he can be in every practice, qualifying session and race motivates our entire team. We have great leadership at Stewart-Haas Racing along with a deep commitment toward success, excellent people and strong partners. If you want to win, this is where you want to be, and I’m happy to be here for a long time.”
Childers, 38, was instrumental in building the nucleus of the crew that would support Harvick to his first Cup championship last season. The team earned five wins, eight poles, 14 top fives and 20 top 10 finishes. Harvick led a remarkable 2,137 of his 10,032 laps last season on the way to his first title.
“Rodney Childers and Kevin Harvick set a new standard of excellence in 2014 that they’ve carried into this season,” said SHR co-owner Tony Stewart. “Keeping Rodney and Kevin together was a high priority, and we’re obviously very happy to have the two of them at Stewart-Haas Racing for many years to come.”
The Childers-led crew has picked up in 2015 where they left off last season. Harvick currently leads the Sprint Cup point standings, has two wins, one pole and has been a threat to win each week. He’s already led 1,123 laps this season — nearly 26 percent of all possible laps.
Rodney’s results speak for themselves, and we’re glad to have him helping this organization shape its future.
“I’ve always believed in investing in exceptional, individual leaders and then providing the resources necessary for them to pave their own path and deliver results,” added SHR principal owner Gene Haas. “Rodney’s results speak for themselves, and we’re glad to have him helping this organization shape its future.”
Childers, who initially signed a two-year contract with a one-year option, has been a Sprint Cup crew chief since 2005. The former Late Model driver has amassed 10 wins, 51 top fives and 96 top-10 finishes.