Dillon, Harvick Incident Leaves Both Fuming
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on October 26, 2013 | 7:01 P.M. EST
Kevin Harvick stops in Ty Dillon's pit stall as Dillon's crew swarms the truck after an incident between the two drivers Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Kevin Harvick said that when he left Richard Childress Racing after this season that he wanted to be able to shake hands with Childress.
That might not be so easy or cordial after Harvick and Childress’ grandson, Ty Dillon wrecked in Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway. The result was battered trucks and bruised feelings.
Dillon, goaded by Childress on the radio, tried to wreck Harvick under caution in retaliation for Harvick’s actions. Harvick then stopped in Dillon’s pit where a rubber mallet flew toward his truck.
“It’s unfortunate you got to be dumped by a guy who you cut slack all day,’’ Harvick told Motor Racing Network. “Just unfortunate.’’
Asked about the rubber mallet thrown at his car, Harvick told The Sporting News: “I don’t care what they throw at me. It’s exactly why I’m leaving RCR because you’ve got those punk ... kids coming up.’’
Childress tried to contain his fury.
“I’m disappointed,’’ he said about the incident. “Very disappointed. That’s all I can say. I’ve got too much class to really say what I want to say right now. When I say it, I will say it to (Harvick’s) face.’’
Childress had plenty to say on the radio after Dillon and Harvick had their incident.
Harvick ran second to eventual winner Darrell Wallace Jr. Dillon was behind Harvick with 12 laps to go.
Dillon ran into the back of Harvick’s truck and spun both. Dillon said afterward that Harvick hit the brakes and forced Dillon to hit him.
After the incident, Harvick rammed Dillon’s truck on the backsteretch.
Childress got on the radio and told Dillon: “Turn his (rear) upside down. Don’t take no (expletive).’’
Dillon sped to catch Harvick and slammed Harvick’s truck in the rear and the side but was unable spin Harvick before Harvick drove away.
Harvick then stopped in Dillon’s pit. A couple members of Dillon’s crew went to the truck’s door as a NASCAR official tried to keep them away. A rubber mallet flew toward the truck from behind the pit wall.
“To hit us after the fact and continue to tear up our car, that is just typical Kevin Harvick and pretty much the career at RCR for him,’’ Dillon said.
Dillon also was displeased that Harvick left the track before the race ended.
“Can’t even face me after it,’’ Dillon said. “I’m pretty disappointed in the things that just went down. I used to look up to that guy.’’