It's now or never for Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick has joined Richard Childress Racing for the 2014 season. (AFP)

Kevin Harvick has joined Richard Childress Racing for the 2014 season. (AFP)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:07 PM ET

In the vernacular of jockdom, it’s time for Kevin Harvick to spit or get off the pot, or something like that.

Harvick, at 38-years-old, quit the only team he has had in NASCAR Sprint Cup last season, handing in his notice at Richard Childress Racing.

Now driving the No. 4 Chevrolet at Stewart Haas Racing he must show the move was a step in the right direction for his career.

It was 13 years ago that Harvick was rushed into the No. 29 Chevrolet after the tragic on-track death of Dale Earnhardt on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.

Over the next 466 Cup points races, Harvick has amassed 23 wins, 100 top fives and 209 top-10 finishes, all impressive numbers.

What has eluded Harvick, however, is a win in the most important category of all — a Sprint Cup championship.

Oh, he has been close, with third-place results last year, in 2010 and 2011 and three other top-five finishes.


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