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October 27th, 2013 1:14 pm by Associated Press

PHOTO GALLERY: Harvick apologizes for comments about car owner's grandsons

Harvick apologized for comments he made about car owner Richard Childress's driver grandsons after a wreck with Ty Dillon in Saturday's Truck race at Martinsville.

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Richard Childress Racing Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick apologized for his comments
about teammate Ty Dillon during Sunday's NASCAR RACEDAY on FOX Sports 1. 

Harvick and Dillon were involved in an on-track incident in the closing laps of Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck
Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

Harvick spoke to hosts John Roberts, Kyle Petty and Larry McReynolds.

What made you angry in yesterday’s incident? 

“I think there was just a lot of emotion involved. I hate it for everybody at RCR. 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. 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."

Were these comments a result of the frustration and the pressure?

“I think yesterday 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 yesterday 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.”

Have you had a conversation with Ty Dillon? 

“No. I think it’s best for all of us to just cool down and have a sensible conversation about things that are going on. I wish that’s what I would have done yesterday. 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.”

The incident:

Tempers flared in the garage after Ty Dillon turned around Kevin Harvick at the entrance of turn 1 in front of Crafton and Chase Elliott. Once both drivers got their cars going down the backstretch under caution, Dillon resumed his efforts to spin Harvick but was ultimately unable to complete the task.

The pair steered their cars down pit road and Harvick stopped in Dillon’s pit stall to voice his frustrations. Harvick’s truck was instantly surrounded by Dillon’s pit crew and an orange sledgehammer was tossed his way in response. Harvick is in his final season with Richard Childress Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. Dillon is team owner Richard Childress’ grandson.

The postrace comments:

“The 3 (Dillon) just dumped me,” said Harvick, who will drive for Stewart-Haas Racing next year. “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. So I cut him slack all day and, you know, he just dive-bombs me in there, dumps me. 

“I’ve got to thank all these Anderson Syrup guys for everything that they do. It’s a shame you’ve got to get taken out by some rich kid like that.”

“I’m sure he’s tweeting something now about it,” Dillon said. “So can’t even face me after. I’m pretty disappointed in the things that just went down. I used to look up to that guy, but I guess he doesn’t understand the circumstances of what’s going on.”

Dillon finished 22nd, and Harvick was 30th.

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