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Kevin Harvick Inc. loses crew chief Rick Ren

December 3, 2009 | 12:18 pm

2009 Homestead NCWTS Ron Hornaday and Kevin Harvick hug on stage thumb Rick Ren, the crew chief who led Ron Hornaday Jr. to his fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship last month, has decided to leave the team and pursue management opportunities in NASCAR, according to a news release from the team.

Hornaday won a Truck Series record of five races in a row in 2009 and his second Truck Series championship in the last three years for Kevin Harvick Inc.

NASCAR driver and team owner Kevin Harvick said he might announce a new crew chief for Hornaday's team as early as next week.

Go to Haddock in the Paddock for comments from Harvick and more on the changes at Kevin Harvick Inc.

-- Tim Haddock

Photo: Ron Hornaday Jr., right, and team owner Kevin Harvick celebrate Hornaday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship and Harvick's Ford 200 win at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida last month. Credit: Sam Greenwood / Getty Images