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Reports: Rodney Childers set to leave MWR for Stewart-Haas

Aug 23, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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Michael Waltrip Racing made a splash with signing Brian Vickers as the full-time driver of the No. 55 Aaron’s Toyota for the next two seasons of NASCAR Sprint Cup. He’ll have a new crew chief, because according to media reports, Rodney Childers will be on the move to Stewart-Haas Racing to team with Kevin Harvick.

“It’s just a personal decision,” Childers told USA Today’s Jeff Gluck. “I’ve thought about it for a long time and just woke up one day and that’s what my heart told me I should do.”

He’ll leave Vickers, which he acknowledged was a difficult decision. Waltrip had said as recently as August 13 that he believed Childers would stay at MWR.

Childers and Mark Martin were nearly able to parlay a fuel mileage gamble into a victory at Michigan last week. But unfortunately, Martin ran out with less than 5 laps to go.

Much has changed since that point. Martin is off to Stewart-Haas as a temporary fill-in driver for Tony Stewart, and now Childers appears ready to leave next.

  1. wallio - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Martin full time at SHR next year in a fourth car with Childers on the box. you heard it here first.

    • crashtek - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      And last. SHR already has a 4 car team with Stewart, Harvick, Patrick and Busch.

  2. wallio - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    That Busch thing is just a rumor. Even if it wasn’t, Kurt will never settle for being the number 4 driver in a team, with no shot at the title. Martin, whose glory days are behind him, would. Martin is also very good at running clean races and bringing the car home for owner’s points. Kurt……well……

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