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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Richard Childress Racing driver Kevin Harvick would like to be released from the final year of his contract that expires in 2010, a source close to the situation said on Wednesday.
"He's making that evident," the source said.
Harvick is 25th in points and hasn't won a Sprint Cup race since the 2007 Daytona 500.
According to a report on SI.com, Harvick would like to move to Stewart-Haas Racing and take his primary sponsor, Shell/Pennzoil, with him.
Sources told ESPN.com that it is unlikely RCR owner Richard Childress would let both the driver and sponsor go, particularly in today's economic climate.
Heidi Massey-Bong, the senior business advisor for NASCAR sponsorship for Shell/Pennzoil, had no comment about the rumors.
"Shell and Pennzoil have enjoyed much success on and off the track as a result of our alliance with Richard Childress Racing and Kevin Harvick. We are pleased to be sponsoring the No. 29 car in 2010 and look forward to watching the Shell and Pennzoil colors each week as part of the RCR team and to continued success next season. Beyond that we do not have any further news or information regarding the rumors," Massey-Bong said in a statement.
In a statement released Wednesday, Richard Childress Racing said it expected Harvick to honor his contract.
"Richard Childress Racing has a multiyear contract with Shell-Pennzoil that includes the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Shell-Pennzoil remains a great partner for RCR and Kevin Harvick as well as our sport overall. RCR also has a multiyear contract with Kevin Harvick that includes the 2010 season. That said, Shell will be the sponsor and Kevin will be the driver of RCR's No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet Impala SS in 2010."
Harvick moved into a full-time Cup ride for RCR in 2001 after the death of Dale Earnhardt. He has since formed his own Truck Series and Nationwide Series teams under Kevin Harvick Inc. Before that he drove in the Truck Series for Spears Motorsports.
Tony Stewart and SHR teammate Ryan Newman are among several drivers sharing a ride in Harvick's No. 33 Nationwide car this season. Among the sponsors are Old Spice and Army, which are primary sponsors for Stewart's Cup team.
A spokesman for Harvick had no comment when contacted by ESPN.com.
David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Richard Childress Racing driver Kevin Harvick would like out of the final year of his contract that expires in 2010, a source close to the situation said on Wednesday.