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Kevin Harvick signs long-term contract extension with Stewart-Haas Racing

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice - Go Bowling 400

KANSAS CITY, KS - MAY 06: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, looks on during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 6, 2016 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

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Stewart-Haas Racing announced Thursday that it has signed former Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick to a long-term contract extension.

“It was a big decision to join Stewart-Haas Racing and it has turned out to be my best decision,” said Harvick, who has won nine of his 32 career Sprint Cup victories with SHR, in a team release. “I came to Stewart-Haas Racing to win championships. We have one, but that only made us hungry for more. I’m very happy to have my future secure with a team so dedicated to winning.”

Harvick will continue to drive the No. 4 car and remain paired with crew chief Rodney Childers, who signed a multi-year contract extension last June.

He joined Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014 and won the title that year and five races. Last year, he won three races. Harvick has a win and nine top-10 finishes this season with the team this season.

“Kevin’s results speak for themselves, and in addition to those numbers, he brings a presence to our team that makes everyone want to work harder,” said Tony Stewart, co-owner of SHR with Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation, in a team release. “Kevin Harvick has made Stewart-Haas Racing a better team and he will continue to be an integral part of our future.”

Stewart-Haas Racing previously announced that it will switch from Chevrolet to Ford next season.

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