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Will Kevin Harvick’s Title Elevate Stewart-Haas Racing to Elite Status?

When Gene Haas first began operating a Sprint Car team full-time in 2003, it’s fair to say the results weren’t what he expected. Frankly, Haas/CNC Racing was a virtual non-entity. From 2003 through 2008, no full-time Haas/CNC driver finished higher in the standings than 28th place (Mike Bliss 2005, Jeff Green 2006). But once Haas lured NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart to the team in 2009—and Stewart brought fellow Hoosier Ryan Newman with him—the newly renamed Stewart-Haas Racing needed just three seasons to win a Sprint Cup championship with Stewart behind the wheel in 2011. And now, with Kevin Harvick winning his first career Cup championship this past Sunday, SHR has earned a second title in four seasons. Other than...

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