Furious Harvick Rips Into ‘Rich Kid’ Dillon Brothers
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Turns out that Kevin Harvick’s decision to part ways with Richard Childress Racing at the end of the current Sprint Cup season was not totally based on getting a too-good-to-refuse offer from Stewart-Haas Racing. Seems Harvick is not real crazy about his current team owner’s grandchildren.
This became evident after Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway when Harvick ripped into fellow driver Ty Dillon, one of Childress’s two racing grandsons.
After Dillon and he wrecked late in the Martinsville race, Harvick blasted both Dillon brothers – Ty and older brother Austin, who races in the Nationwide Series for RCR – by saying, “The 3 (Ty Dillon) just dumped me. Exactly the reason why I’m leaving RCR because you’ve got those kids coming up and they’ve got no respect for what they do in this sport and they’ve had everything fed to them with a spoon.”
Harvick, who began his Cup career when he took over the RCR car of Dale Earnhardt Sr. after Earnhardt died in a wreck at Daytona in 2001, has started 462 Cup races for the Childress team. He has won 22 times.
This season, the 37-year-old driver is in contention for his first Cup championship as he is tied for third in points – 26 behind leader Jimmie Johnson with four races left in the season.
It was announced earlier this year that Harvick would depart RCR at the end of the season to race for the team co-owned by three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart.
In announcing his decision to switch teams in July, Harvick said his career was in need of rejuvenation.
“It wasn’t anything personal from Richard’s standpoint or the team’s standpoint of doing anything wrong,” Harvick said. “It was me trying to rejuvenate myself and be excited to do winter testing and things that go with it.”
On Saturday at Martinsville, be it because of the emotions of the moment or true feelings surfacing, Harvick let fly with the spoiled grandsons salvo.
“It’s a shame you’ve got to get taken out by some rich kid like that,” Harvick, who was driving a Joe Denette Motorsports truck at Martinsville, said.
Leadup up to that was the Lap 189 wreck involving Harvick and Dillon, who were running second and third at the time.
A bump from Dillon in Turn 2 sent Harvick, who was driving for NTS Motorsports, around and subsequently collecting point’s leader Matt Crafton and Chase Elliott. Harvick and Dillon entered pit road before Harvick stopped in Dillon’s pit stall to voice his displeasure.
“So,” Harvick said, “I cut him slack all day and, you know, he just dive-bombs me in there, dumps me.”
From there, chaos ensued as crew members for the Richard Childress Racing began issuing angry shouts at Harvick.
Dillon, who went on to finish 22nd, said after the race,
“He got sideways and then he hit the brakes and tried to brake-check me,” he said. “So, I can’t believe that happened. That stunk – the wreck part – but to tear up a truck after the race and totally take us out of the race and not to stick around after the race and walk off and not even want to say anything to me.
“I’m sure he’s tweeting something now about it. So, can’t even face me after. I’m pretty disappointed in the things that just went down. I used to look up to that guy but I guess he doesn’t understand the circumstances of what’s going on. I understand it’s tough racing down there in (turns) one and two at Martinsville. I know we wrecked, but to tear up a truck after the race and act like a punk on the track and on pit road and stop on pit road on my pit stall when my guys were coming out, that was pretty ridiculous. I’m not happy with him. And for him not to stick around, that’s pretty sad, too.”
Harvick will be back in an RCR car Sunday for the Sprint Cup race at Martinsville. After that, the season moves to Texas Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and, finally, Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Should be some interesting meetings in the Childress camp over the next month.
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