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March 6, 2014

Childers made the right decision

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

That was evident all last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, where Harvick showed early on that his No. 4 Chevrolet was going to be a race-day contender. The car was ultimately so good, Harvick led 224 of the 312 laps Sunday en route to a win in just his second race with SHR.

It was the lone bright spot in a second consecutive crummy weekend for SHR. After a disastrous Speedweeks that was plagued with engine issues and four wrecked race cars, Phoenix wasn’t much better for the organization. Kurt Busch had another engine failure, Danica Patrick was wrecked out for the second-straight week and Tony Stewart was 16th.

Perhaps because of the head-start Childers had on 2014 and Harvick’s arrival, the No. 4 team doesn’t have the same ailments as the other three SHR cars. Harvick finished second in his Daytona qualifying race, and was in the mix at the Daytona 500 until he was part of the last-lap crash.

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