SPEED — Best Comeback

Team owner Richard Childress led a revival of his NASCAR Sprint Cup team that was nothing short of remarkable in 2010.

Just one year after Richard Childress Racing failed to win a single Sprint Cup race or place any of its drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, this year the team won five races, with Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and Jeff Burton all making the Chase.

Harvick took the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship down to the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, finishing third in points just 41 behind five-time defending series champion. And Harvick’s average Chase finish of 5.9 was a series best.

“Richard and I have been through a lot together,” said Harvick, who enjoyed his best season in the Sprint Cup Series. “We've talked about what we have to do to get to this point. ... We've taken a huge step towards achieving those goals and put ourselves as a company back in contention to what looks to be hopefully consistency as we go forward to racing for championships.”

RCR’s rebirth is one of the nominees in the category of “Best Comeback” in this year’s fifth annual SPEED Performance Awards. To vote for this entry or any of the other nominees, click here:

Fans can vote on nine categories, including the RACER Magazine Rookie of the Year. The remaining categories for fan-selected SPEED Performance Awards include Best Move, Biggest Hit, Best Rivalry, Oops, Best Finish, Best Comeback, Temper Temper and Biggest Upset.

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Tom Jensen is the Editor in Chief of, Senior NASCAR Editor at RACER and a contributing Editor for You can follow him online at and e-mail him at Jensen is the author of “Cheating: The Bad Things Good NASCAR Nextel Cup Racers Do In Pursuit of Speed,” and has appeared on numerous television and radio shows. Jensen is the past President of the National Motorsports Press Association and an NMPA Writer of the Year.