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Childress confirms Harvick exit after 2013

Harvick told the media that he didn't have "anything to tell you for 2014," adding: "The one thing I can tell you is for me, I look at this year as a character-building year to go out and have fun and leave this place hopefully as good as it was when I got here, if not better."

Harvick is expected to be part of a three-car line-up at Stewart-Haas Racing next year alongside team owner Tony Stewart and fan favourite Danica Patrick, who starts her first full-time Cup season at the team with the Daytona 500 next month. The team's current third driver, Ryan Newman, is expected to have to give way for Harvick having only been rehired on a one-year contract for this forthcoming season.

Harvick has enjoyed sponsorship backing from alcoholic beverage distributor Budweiser, and Childress skirted questions as to whether the company would be pulling their backing from RCR next season and following Harvick to Stewart-Haas.

"They haven't made any comments on what they're going to do," Childress said.

Childress likely hopes to replace Harvick with his own grandson Austin Dillon, who was the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion in 2011 and went on to finish as the runner-up in the 2012 Nationwide Series to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Dillon will race for the team at the Daytona 500 and a number of other races in 2013, presumably with a view to stepping into the #29 next season once Harvick has left.

Baby girl for Denny Hamlin and partner

Denny Hamlin's longtime girlfriend Jordan Fish delivered the couple's first child at the weekend.

The baby girl, named Taylor James Hamlin, was born in North Carolina on Sunday at 8.20pm weighing 6lb 5oz, and she was 20 inches in length according to a tweet from Hamlin.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver cut short his attendance at the recent Daytona pre-season testing session of Gen-6 cars in order to be sure to home for the birth.




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