It wasn’t the single change that made the difference in Kevin Harvick finally earning his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, but it certainly helped.
“It” is the pit crew swap between Harvick’s No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet team and Tony Stewart’s No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet team, which was done prior to the start of the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup last year.
Stewart confirmed the news to NASCAR.com’s Holly Cain while in Tampa, making a USO visit with troops and military families at MacDill Air Force Base.
“The pit crew I had that pitted Kevin’s car at the end of the year, we kept that switch permanent for this year,” Stewart said. “We just felt like that chemistry worked really well.”
The crew chief changes to the other two cars in the Stewart-Haas Racing stable, the No. 10 for Danica Patrick and No. 41 for Kurt Busch, have been announced earlier this offseason.