Harvick Apologizes For Nasty Words About Dillons
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Kevin Harvick apologized on Sunday for comments he made after Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series Race at Martinsville Speedway. His reason, he said, for taking a major shot at team owner Richard Childress and his racing grandsons: heat of the moment.
“I think there was just a lot of emotion involved,” Harvick, who called Childress’s grand sons – Ty and Austin Dillon – rich kids, on Fox Sports 1. “I hate it for everybody at RCR. You go back and look at the things that happened, and sometimes you regret the things that you say for sure. Yesterday was definitely one of them. I hate it for my guys, and everybody working on the cars.
“Obviously, when those emotional situations come about; you say things that you really don’t want to say. I just want to apologize to all of those guys, work hard today and try and do everything we can to win the race.”
Harvick, who is departing as one of RCR’s Sprint Cup drivers after the 2013 season, and Ty Dillon were involved in a late-race wreck when they were running second and third at Martinsville.
Harvick blamed Dillon for the wreck and then said, “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 Sunday morning before the start of the Cup race at Martinsville, Harvick said, “I think yesterday was just some frustration on how the race ended. You never want to be in a situation like were in, and obviously, the short-track racing and everything that happened, you try to do the right things, and yesterday I didn’t do the right thing. We just have to do what we have to do today to put ourselves in a position to be as successful as we can.”
Asked if he had contacted Ty Dillon since he accused the young driver of being a “rich kid”, Harvick said, “No. I think it’s best for all of us to just cool down and have a sensible conversation about things that are going. I wish that’s what I would have done yesterday. It’s one of those situations that you don’t want to be a part of, but I don’t have anybody else to blame but myself.”
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