As rumors swirled that Kevin Harvick planned to leave Stewart-Haas Racing, he took Kasey Kahne aside and promised him he wasn't after his job.

The speculation turned out to be baseless.

Harvick said Friday that SHR held a two-year option on him that the team always planned to exercise. Ultimately, his contract was restructured and announced this week as an extension.

It finally put to rest rumors that Harvick planned to jump ship and replace Kahne at Hendrick Motorsports. The reason the idea was even debated is because Harvick has a long relationship with Chevrolet, but SHR is moving next season to Ford. Hendrick is Chevy's flagship team.