Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was abruptly let go for the 2020 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season with Roush Fenway Racing. The team let him know this past week that his services with them won’t be needed past the 2019 campaign.
That decision and the timing of it didn’t resonate well with one Cup driver.
Kevin Harvick’s KHI Management team represents Stenhouse Jr. now. So, Kevin Harvick naturally isn’t thrilled to see how RFR treated one of his clients. The unfortunate nature of it is, Spire also represents Stenhouse and Harvick feels like they didn’t do a good job of handling his contract either.
“We’ve been trying to help Ricky through the situations but Spire hasn’t really done anything for him all year.,” Harvick told reporters on Friday from Charlotte. “It’s their contract that they’re living under.”
Harvick, said that they’re trying to help Stenhouse the best they can moving forward but the reality of it is, there’s not many seats left. That’s why he’s not happy with the timing of this. Why did RFR decide to cut ties with one of their better drivers in late September?
“We’ve tried to be in a little bit of assistance on trying to help him forward in a process where he doesn’t have anybody. Ricky has a great reputation in the garage, well connected. He’s the only driver at Roush Racing that’s won races since Carl Edwards. That’s the unfortunate thing. He’s a Cup winner, a two time XFINITY Series champion and it’s just bad timing and sucks.
“That’s not the way I’d run a business.”