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Dodge not expected to return to Cup soon

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11:01 AM ET 01.20 | Don't look for NASCAR to add a new manufacturer anytime soon. Vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said during Friday's "Gen 6" test at Charlotte Motor Speedway that he doesn't anticipate another manufacturer joining Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota in the "foreseeable future ... the next year or two." Dodge pulled out of the sport after winning the championship last season with Brad Keselowski and Penske Racing, which moved to Ford in 2013. There has been speculation that Dodge might return in 2014, possibly with a premier team such as Richard Childress Racing that has fallen to third among organizations in the Chevrolet fleet. Pemberton said the governing body periodically gets "cold calls" from potential manufacturers, but none that appear ready to join the sport in the next few years.

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January 20, 2013  01:21 PM ET

Which means.. they'll be back in 2014 with Childress

January 20, 2013  01:22 PM ET

Not surprising.....Dodge may be back, but it will be several years, if at all.

January 20, 2013  01:23 PM ET
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Which means.. they'll be back in 2014 with Childress

You have got to be wrong on this........please be wrong.

January 20, 2013  01:54 PM ET
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You have got to be wrong on this........please be wrong.

I have that feeling thats part of the reason Harvick is leaving.. is because he knows that RCR is going to Dodge.. but he can't comment on it though until its official.. why would he go to SHR and play 2nd fiddle to Smoke.. as big as his ego is??

January 20, 2013  04:58 PM ET
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I have that feeling thats part of the reason Harvick is leaving.. is because he knows that RCR is going to Dodge.. but he can't comment on it though until its official.. why would he go to SHR and play 2nd fiddle to Smoke.. as big as his ego is??

Harvick going to SHR was shocking at first....but I put it down to his close friendship with Tony and their joint spanking of Delana......and possibly ego issues with Childress.....Harvick underperformed this past season and it would be everyone's fault but his...<sarcasm>.....Harvick seems like an odd duck at RCR now.......never appeared that way before.......He was the golden boy after taking over the #3 cars under the #29.......he could do no wrong........Now it's the Dillons who can do no wrong and will drive the actual #3.........possibly as soon as 2014........so Harvick is no longer the golden boy and does not like being replaced by youngsters (Dillons).........I also wonder about Newman, if he does not do better in 2013.

I didn't see any of this being due to car make loyalty.....will have to think more on that.

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January 20, 2013  07:35 PM ET

harvick is leaving rcr bc he has been so loyal over the years and except for a year or 2, rcr has struggled to keep up with hendrick and gibbs power. Im sure he is sick of it. He is a championship driver. He knows it, tony knows and im sure tony has promised him the best. He wants some of that hendrick power for a change. I dont blame him. He has given richard childress to many chances. I wanted to see him win one with richard to. Maybe they will this year. But its time and I cant blame him. So in my opinion, thats why. Who is he not fitting in with Paul Menard? Come on. Its about equipment

January 20, 2013  07:38 PM ET
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Harvick going to SHR was shocking at first....but I put it down to his close friendship with Tony and their joint spanking of Delana......and possibly ego issues with Childress.....Harvick underperformed this past season and it would be everyone's fault but his...<sarcasm>.....Harvick seems like an odd duck at RCR now.......never appeared that way before.......He was the golden boy after taking over the #3 cars under the #29.......he could do no wrong........Now it's the Dillons who can do no wrong and will drive the actual #3.........possibly as soon as 2014........so Harvick is no longer the golden boy and does not like being replaced by youngsters (Dillons).........I also wonder about Newman, if he does not do better in 2013.I didn't see any of this being due to car make loyalty.....will have to think more on that.

Yeah maybe he felt like richard was putting to much into the dillons and not enough into the cup cars or something. Its possible. Either way its about equipment and hes not getting any younger. IMO

January 20, 2013  08:09 PM ET
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Harvick going to SHR was shocking at first....but I put it down to his close friendship with Tony and their joint spanking of Delana......and possibly ego issues with Childress.....Harvick underperformed this past season and it would be everyone's fault but his...<sarcasm>.....Harvick seems like an odd duck at RCR now.......never appeared that way before.......He was the golden boy after taking over the #3 cars under the #29.......he could do no wrong........Now it's the Dillons who can do no wrong and will drive the actual #3.........possibly as soon as 2014........so Harvick is no longer the golden boy and does not like being replaced by youngsters (Dillons).........I also wonder about Newman, if he does not do better in 2013.I didn't see any of this being due to car make loyalty.....will have to think more on that.

I actually forgot about the snot-nosed grandsons of Childress coming up to the Cup series.. but still friendship or not with Smoke.. I don't see how his ego is going to take playing 2nd or even 3rd fiddle at SHR.. along with Danica.. I think Newman is gone after this season anyway unless some sponsorship drops in his lap.. and who will be Harvick's sponsor when he goes to SHR.. is Budweiser coming along??

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January 20, 2013  10:27 PM ET
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harvick is leaving rcr bc he has been so loyal over the years and except for a year or 2, rcr has struggled to keep up with hendrick and gibbs power. Im sure he is sick of it. He is a championship driver. He knows it, tony knows and im sure tony has promised him the best. He wants some of that hendrick power for a change. I dont blame him. He has given richard childress to many chances. I wanted to see him win one with richard to. Maybe they will this year. But its time and I cant blame him. So in my opinion, thats why. Who is he not fitting in with Paul Menard? Come on. Its about equipment

I did not mean to imply that he was feuding with anyone......it's just that Harvick was top dog for many years and now not so much.

I totally agree that there is an equipment issue too......not sure what is going on with RCR but they are not as top notch as they used to be.

Your point about Harvick going to SHR to get at HMS equipment is a good one and not one I had thought of.

January 20, 2013  10:36 PM ET
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I actually forgot about the snot-nosed grandsons of Childress coming up to the Cup series.. but still friendship or not with Smoke.. I don't see how his ego is going to take playing 2nd or even 3rd fiddle at SHR.. along with Danica.. I think Newman is gone after this season anyway unless some sponsorship drops in his lap.. and who will be Harvick's sponsor when he goes to SHR.. is Budweiser coming along??

Harvick is supposedly taking Budweiser, Jimmie John's and Rheem with him when he goes to SHR.........not sure about his number 29 yet........but he might as well get a new one or use the #39 if it becomes available in 2014.

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