Longtime RCR exec Hutchens has offer from Stewart Haas, says nothing signed

Updated: November 2, 2008, 5:18 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Longtime Richard Childress Racing team executive Bobby Hutchens confirmed Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway that he has a contract offer to become general manager at Stewart Haas Racing.

"I have an opportunity with Stewart Haas," Hutchens said as he walked through the garage toward pit road prior to the Dickies 500. "I'll make a decision here in a couple days."

Several sources close to SHR, Richard Childress Racing and Dale Earnhardt, Inc. -- Hutchens' current employer -- told ESPN.com that Hutchens had already signed a contract with Stewart Haas, but Hutchens said otherwise.

"Nothing is signed," Hutchens said.

In 20 years at RCR, Hutchens held myriad roles -- from team engineer to shop foreman to crew chief to vice president of competition. From there he moved over to Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines as general manager.

Then, in August, he moved to Dale Earnhardt, Inc. to oversee the DEI competition department.

DEI president Max Siegel denied speculation regarding Hutchens' pending departure, while RCR owner Richard Childress admitted Hutchens has opportunities elsewhere, and said they're working through potential scenarios.

"We'd like for him to stay -- he's been here since the days of Dale [Earnhardt]," Childress said.

Marty Smith is a contributor to ESPN's NASCAR coverage. He can be reached at ESPNsider@aol.com.