Rodney Childers leaving MWR, expected to crew chief for Kevin Harvick at Stewart-Haas

Rodney Childers is leaving Michael Waltrip Racing at the end of the season.

MWR confirmed the Associated Press report Friday morning that Childers, the current crew chief for the No. 55 car, is leaving the organization. He's expected to be named the crew chief for Kevin Harvick at Stewart-Haas Racing next season when Harvick moves over from Richard Childress Racing.

In an email to the Sporting News, a SHR spokesperson said that Stewart-Haas had not signed any new crew chiefs but that Childers was on a short list of candidates.

Mark Martin, the primary driver of the No. 55 this season, moved over to Stewart-Haas starting at Bristol for all but one of the remaining 2013 races to fill in for Tony Stewart. Last week at Michigan, Childers and Martin stayed out in the late stages of the race hoping to stretch their fuel mileage for a win. However, they didn't get the caution flag they needed and Martin had to pit.

Brian Vickers, who has also split time in the No. 55 and won earlier this season at New Hampshire, will be the driver of the No. 55 the rest of the season in preparation for a full-time run in 2014.

And that rest of the season was viewed as a potential jump start for Childers and Vickers for next year. However, that won't obviously be the case.

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