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Tempers Flare Between Harvick and Dillon at Martinsville

Tempers Flare Between Harvick and Dillon at Martinsville

by October 26, 2013 1 comment

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MARTINSVILLE, VA :: Kevin Harvick is on his way out at Richard Childress Racing, but Saturday afternoon at the Martinsville Speedway, Harvick and Childress’ grandson, Ty Dillon were involved in an on track altercation that sent the Sprint Cup star into a fury following the wreck in turn two.

Harvick and Dillon were racing for second position with less than fifty to go in Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200. Contact was made sending both drivers into a spin and ultimately ending Harvick’s day.

Harvick would then tell Fox Sports 1 what he thought about the Dillon brothers and why he was ultimately leaving Richard Childress Racing at season ends.

“He just dumped me” Harvick said after the altercation. “That’s 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.”

Harvick is still in the mix for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship with four races remain, including Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500.

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

Both drivers would make contact following the wreck with each other, showing displeasure over the incident. Harvick would also stop near Dillon’s pit stall on pit road, where one of Dillon’s crewmembers threw a hammer at Harvick’s truck.

Ty Dillon, however had a different take on the accident.

“Typical Kevin Harvick and pretty much his career at RCR. He was kind of hogging the bottom, and I just kept diving to the inside” said Dillon. “I was low, and he kept chopping down, chopping down. It was getting toward the end of the race and I gave him a tap and he got sideways, but then he hit the brakes to try to brake check me in the middle of the corner.”

Ty Dillon would finish 22nd while Harvick would end the race in 30th position.

Chris Owens
For years, Chris has been traveling the country shooting photos capturing some of the sport's most unique moments and writing articles about grassroots racing and the NASCAR. Chris is the track photographer for Dillon Motor Speedway, and he has created websites for regional racing media outlets as well as for a few clients in the various traveling Late Model divisions. He also created a website for NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Danny Efland.

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  1. Brian Nelson
    #1 Brian Nelson 27 October, 2013, 09:40

    Now that was a race. Little disappointed in Harvick for running off at the mouth on camera before he really knew what happened.

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