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Harvick attempts to mend fences with Childress

After dramatically falling out with Ty Dillon during Saturday's Truck Series race at Martinsville, Kevin Harvick was left apologising to Dillon's grandfather - his own Cup team boss, Richard Childress.
Kevin Harvick came back to work on Sunday at Martinsvulle Speedway realising that he had some serious bridge repair work that needed doing in the wake of the Saturday night Camping World Truck Series race at the half mile short track the previous day.

Harvick was furious after being spun out of the race in the closing stages by Ty Dillon, grandson of Richard Childress who owns the team that Harvick races for in the Cup Series - although he's due to leave the squad after the end of the current season.

As the two trucks made their way back to pit road for repairs, Dillon - clearly aggrieved at the way Harvick had been racing him prior to the incident - repeatedly tried to spin Harvick. In retaliation, Harvick then parked across Dillon's pit stall to ensure the #3 couldn't get in for repairs. Dillon's pit crew, incensed, crowded around Harvick's vehicle and someone even allegedly threw a rubber mallet at Harvick's truck before NASCAR officials intervened and the #14 was ushered off down pit lane.

"I don't care what they throw at me," an angry Harvick snapped as he stormed out of the track. "That's exactly the reason I'm leaving RCR is because you've got those punk-ass kids coming up." As well as Ty, his brother Austin will takeover the #29 Cup car when Harvick leaves for Stewart-Haas Racing next month.

"I cut him slack all day and, you know, he just dive-bombs me in there, dumps me ... It's a shame you've got to get taken out by some rich kid like that," he added. "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."

"I don't care what Kevin Harvick says," Dillon responded. "I don't think anybody does.

"I used to look up to that guy but I guess he doesn't understand the circumstances of what's going on," he continued. "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 in my pit stall when my guys were coming out, that was pretty ridiculous."

"I'm very disappointed, that's all I can say,” was Childress' own response after a visit to the NASCAR hauler to discuss the matter. "I've got too much class to say what I want to say right now ... When I say it, I will say it to his face."

As a driver for Richard Childress Racing, Harvick is currently tied in third place in the Chase standings and has a lot to loose if he falls out with the team and its owner, so on Sunday Harvick was showing contrition to try and cool things down before the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

"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," he told Fox Sports 1. "I think yesterday was just some frustration on how the race ended.




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dscott2209

November 02, 2013 5:50 PM

You would think Harvick would know better by now. I don't understand how he got away with no penalty from Nascar for blocking Dillon's pit box or for taking the first shot on the track after the yellow came out. Someone on his team should have watched the replay to see Dillon was pushed into Harvick after the initial contact. It was the push that actually spun them both out. There was lots of time for a crew member to see the replay before he got to pit lane, and before he decided to spout off in the interview. Really have to wonder why he left the track before Dillon went to the garage. Was he afraid of what Dillon might say or do? Any other time Harvick would sit and wait for the other driver to come in, then Harvick and his crew would go after the other driver. Maybe his crew told him he was on his own this time? Don't recall ever seeing Harvick stand up to anyone without his crew present. I think Harvick is lucky he is still in the race for a championship. If he was anoth



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