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Harvick apologizes for comments after Truck race

Oct 27, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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Chase for the Sprint Cup contender Kevin Harvick has apologized this morning for his comments following yesterday’s Camping World Truck Series event at Martinsville Speedway, in which he criticized the grandsons of his team owner, Richard Childress.

“You go back and look at the things that happened, and sometimes you regret the things that you say for sure,” Harvick said to Fox Sports according to USA Today’s Jeff Gluck. “(Saturday) 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 and Ty Dillon made contact while fighting for second place late in yesterday’s Truck race, and the incident triggered a series of events that included Harvick stopping in Dillon’s pit stall for a brief confrontation with the latter’s crew.

After the race, Harvick was furious.

“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,” he said at the time. “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.”

Harvick will be leaving Richard Childress Racing’s Sprint Cup program at season’s end to go to Stewart-Haas Racing. Ty Dillon will move up to RCR’s Nationwide squad next year, while his older brother, Nationwide series driver Austin Dillon, is expected to jump to Sprint Cup.

Gluck reports that Harvick said he hasn’t had a conversation with Ty Dillon, noting that he wanted cooler heads to prevail first before he went about initiating that talk.

Currently fourth in the Chase, Harvick will start today’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 powered by Kroger at Martinsville from 10th starting position.

  1. timaug - Oct 27, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Those 2 little dweebs have no respect for the sport, because they never had to earn anything.

  2. mvpcowboys - Oct 27, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Glad he said it, upset he didn’t leave RCR before now. Wasted his best years with an organization that builds 2nd class equipment. Motor failing today, funny how that works. There’s a reason he has to have his family run for him, cause Childress can’t bring in a big name to run his shit cars.

    • 40fan - Oct 27, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      You’re right, Harvick isn’t a big name a never will be.

  3. 40fan - Oct 27, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    You don’t know much about Richard Childress, if they couldn’t do it they wouldn’t be racing. If you watched the race would have seen Harvick use his truck to move several different trucks out of his way and he may have messed up Ty Dillion’s chances for a championship. To bad Nascar didn’t set Harvick’s out for a couple of cup races because of his actions after the caution came out,

    • johnhenry7070 - Oct 27, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      What did Harvick do to you? Did he screw your old lady? Tell us.

      • 40fan - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:29 PM

        Harvick never did anything to me or mostly for me, he was cut from the same mold has Mike Skinner. He would push his mother out of the way for a position.

  4. mrsfoxxe - Oct 27, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Harvick had a bad mouth when he raced in Bakersfield, Calif. He’s a trouble maker. Smoke need’s to frget him.

  5. theracefan - Oct 27, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Harvick wimped out. He is absolutely right about the Dillion boys. I pity Ryan Newman next season having to put up with the family favoritism. Actually Harvick shouldn’t have much to say as he didn’t belong in the truck series anyway.

  6. hintondean17 - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    fkn punk let his alligator mouth overload his canary azz again. hope rcr dumps his azz tomorrow. he was a disgrace to dale sr legacy. him and smoke deserve each other,both idiots.

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