Harvick Apologizes for Comments About Dillon

Kevin Harvick, Ty Dillon

Ty Dillon runs into the back of Kevin Harvick after their incident in Saturday's Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Kevin Harvick apologized Sunday morning for comments he made after an incident with Ty Dillon in Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

“You go back and look at the things that happened, and sometimes you regret the things that you say for sure,’’ Harvick said on “NASCAR RaceDay’’ on Fox Sports 1. “(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 was upset with Dillon on Saturday after they wrecked late in the race battling for second.

Harvick responded by running into the side of Dillon’s truck under caution after the accident. Dillon, goaded by car owner and grandfather Richard Childress on the radio, tried to wreck Harvick in retaliation. 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.’’

Harvick also told Fox Sports 1: "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.''

Childress discussed the matter Sunday with USA Today and The Sporting News

"What happened on the track (Saturday) was one thing, but the comments afterward is where I’m really upset,'' he said. "I went to my sponsors, this race team to make the best decision for this race team and my sponsors. I’m committed to finishing this year out. So that’s where we are today.

"I’ll never apologize for giving my grandsons an opportunity just like I’m sure the France family, the Earnhardt family, the Wood Brothers, you go down the list of people who have been given opportunities. And all of them didn’t make it. You’ve got to go out and earn when you’ve got the opportunity in life to succeed, and these boys earned it. I’ll never apologize.''

NASCAR’s investigation continues. Any penalties likely will be announced Tuesday.

Asked about his comments, Harvick told Fox Sports 1 on Sunday: “I think (Saturday) 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 (Saturday) 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.”

Childress tried to contain his anger Saturday after the race.

“I’m disappointed,’’ he said. “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.’’

Harvick ran second to eventual winner Darrell Wallace Jr. Dillon was behind Harvick with 12 laps to go when trouble ensued.

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.  Harvick retaliated under caution. 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.’’

Harvick told “NASCAR RaceDay’’ that he had not talked to Dillon as of Sunday morning.

“I think it’s best for all of us to just cool down and have a sensible conversation about things that are going,’’ Harvick said. “I wish that’s what I would have done (Saturday). 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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