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Harvick now in spotlight after incendiary comments toward RCR (VIDEO)

Oct 26, 2013, 5:22 PM EDT

In the long run, Darrell Wallace Jr.’s win in today’s Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway – the first for an African-American driver in NASCAR national series competition in almost 50 years – will be what’s most remembered from the event.

But right now, that accomplishment may be overshadowed by Kevin Harvick‘s fiery verbal missive toward Richard Childress Racing, the team he’s currently chasing a Sprint Cup championship with and the team he’ll be leaving at the end of the year for Stewart-Haas Racing.

With 13 laps to go in today’s Truck race, RCR’s Ty Dillon got into the back of Harvick while battling for second place behind Wallace. With a little “help” from the oncoming Matt Crafton, Dillon wound up spinning Harvick out.

Dillon proceeded to hit Harvick’s truck repeatedly under the ensuing yellow, followed by Harvick stopping near Dillon’s stall on pit road. That drew out several members of Dillon’s crew for a brief confrontation, which saw an orange hammer launched toward Harvick’s truck during the proceedings.

That was the first round of fireworks. Then came round two.

“The 3 [Dillon] just dumped me, and that’s exactly the reason I’m leaving RCR because you have these kids coming up that have no respect for what they do in this sport,” Harvick said to Fox Sports. “Everything’s fed to them with a spoon.

“I cut him slack all day and he just dive-bombs me in there and dumps me…It’s a shame you’ve got to get taken out by some rich kid like that.”

It should be noted that Ty Dillon will be moving up to RCR’s Nationwide Series squad next season, while Austin Dillon is expected to jump to Sprint Cup and basically replace Harvick in that category.

Going into this weekend, Harvick had been the one driver out of the major Chase players that seemed the most “under the radar” despite having signaled his title contention earlier this month with a win at Kansas.

Furthermore, his looming departure from RCR hadn’t been at the forefront during the post-season. But after he effectively buried the team today, it sure will be now.

For his part, team owner Childress chose not to respond in kind to Harvick. According to Motor Racing Network’s Dustin Long, Childress said he had “too much class” to say what he really wanted to say but added that when he would, he’d “say it to [Harvick’s] face.”

Wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall for that? But snark aside, this may have seriously negative implications for Harvick’s title bid. Currently fourth in the Chase at 26 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson, he is still very much in the mix with four races to go – and a big result in tomorrow’s Cup race could help him hack into that deficit.

But Harvick and Childress must be able to set this apparent discord aside in order to focus on their main goal. And now, they’ll have to do that while their entire No. 29 squad faces what’s sure to be an ample amount of scrutiny after today.

Whether or not the two can get back on the same page has now become the main storyline for tomorrow’s critical Chase race in Virginia.

  1. bmcgrath2 - Oct 26, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Well jeez, this sure makes things interesting

  2. 40fan - Oct 26, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    I bet Harvick is going to have some really bad pit stops the rest of this year. I bet he would have said something different after seeing the replay of the incident. Harvick is classless to talk about the Dillion’s the way he did,

    • 40fan - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      It would be great if Richard Childress just beat Harvick like he did Kyle B.

      • johnhenry7070 - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        When did Dick Childress beat Kyle B.? Are you talking about when he went up ton kyle and sucker punched him? Is there anything sadder than a 68 yr old “man” that that still thinks he’s bad and wants to fight?

  3. theracefan - Oct 26, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Neither one of them belonged in the truck race period. When is Brain Dead France going to realize there should be clear and distinct separation of drivers and series.

    • 40fan - Oct 26, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      You do realize Ty Dillion has been racing the truck series all season long right? He was in 2nd in the points till today.

  4. rickyspanish24 - Oct 26, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    The only brain dead people are the ones who think drivers should be limited to one series. Time to look outside of the vacuum. The minor leagues aren’t the Craftsman and Nationwide series. There are a number of lower level circuits out there, where the talent is crappier than it is in Craftsman and Nationwide. Limit where the talent can race and you’ll see a substantial decline in attendance, TV viewership, and sponsors (the companies that essentially fund the sport). It’s naive to assume the companies are going to spend good money on crap talent. NASCAR is aware of this and thankfully will never limit the number of series the actual talent can race.

  5. mrsfoxxe - Oct 26, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Harvick a big baby. He was doing some bumping too. When he rCED IN bAKERSFIELD,cALIF hE WAS A DIRTY DRIVER AT BOTH TRACKS. nO ONE LIKED HIM

  6. hintondean17 - Oct 26, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    harvick has been a disgrace to dale sr legacy. hes a punk that couldn’t make it as a owner. rcr please dump this piece of shit now!

  7. wallio - Oct 26, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Wow define irony. I can remember all the people saying what an entitled punk Harvick was, and how he was “given” his ride all those years ago when Senior passed. Funny how that goes…..

    • frequentdropperoffbombs - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      I don’t recall Harvick repeatedly hitting a car he took out either. That is pretty messed up

  8. mvpcowboys - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    What’s the issue here? What he said is 100% true. Don’t blame him for leaving rcr, grandkids coming in and he goes to the bottom if he stays. If the crew tanks the pit stops that just justifies what he is saying here, Harvick has been all rcr has had since 01. Now he let what has been said behind closed doors come out, Glad he said it. Not sure which Dillion wears the stupid big ass cowboys hat but he should have shoved it down his throat.

    • 40fan - Oct 27, 2013 at 3:43 AM

      Nothing would be comical than to see all four of Harvick’s tires fall off pulling out of his pit stall, the only thing better would be to see him pulled from his ride altogether. He should have been left in the Nationwide series.

      • 40fan - Oct 27, 2013 at 3:50 AM

        Nothing would be more comical

  9. 40fan - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    It would be great if Richard Childress just beat Harvick like he did Kyle B.

  10. mvpcowboys - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Guess Austin wears the hat too big for his head,oh well. Have fun winning with RCR’s 2nd class equipment Dillions. Because so many other rcr drivers over the last 12 yrs have so many more wins than Harvick.

  11. timaug - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:46 AM


  12. jsaint29 - Oct 27, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Kevin apologized for his comments. Okay, I’ve never really had a problem with Harvick. Somehow though I think Austin and Ty had to earn their way into the circuit, Richard would have worked them to it. After all Austin is leading the Nationwide series points right now. Kevin was in his first full year on the then Busch circuit when tragedy struck on the last lap of the Daytona 500. He was suddenly thrust into a high profile ride. As a long time fan of Dale Sr. and Dale Jr. I say let Richard handle it. He’ll handle it the right way, without causing the 29 car problems. After all Richard was a driver once too.

  13. frequentdropperoffbombs - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    “Dillon proceeded to hit Harvick’s truck repeatedly under the ensuing yellow,”

    ummmmm…. and Childress wants to tote an attitude! Pffftt. Harvick had every right to BE angry. Why the privileged keep turning their offspring into monsters, I have no clue. But monsters many become. Just look at the Koch brothers.

    • 40fan - Oct 28, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      You just watched the replay, They didn’t show what Harvck did first to deserve to retaliation from Dillion.

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