Kevin Harvick's impending departure from Richard Childress Racing has been amicable. Emphasis on the past tense, please. Because it's not in the present tense any longer.
Harvick, who was racing in Saturday's Camping World Truck Series race, crashed with Ty Dillon with 11 laps to go after the two made contact. Dillon is Childress's grandson and drives for RCR in the Truck Series. RCR is the only Sprint Cup Series team that Harvick has driven for until next season, when he'll be with Stewart-Haas Racing.
After the crash, Harvick, who was driving for NTS Motorsports Saturday, stopped in Dillon's pit stall, where he was confronted by Dillon's crew -- and even had a sledgehammer thrown at his truck. Then, when he climbed from his battered truck in the garage, he had this to say:
“(Dillon) just dumped me," Harvick said. "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 (Harvick's race sponsor). It’s a shame you’ve got to get taken out by some rich kid like that.”
"I’m pretty disappointed in the things that just went down," Dillon said after the race. "I used to look up to that guy but I guess he doesn’t understand the circumstances of what’s going on. I understand it’s tough racing down there in (turns) one and two at Martinsville.
"I know we wrecked, but to tear up a truck after the race and act like a punk on the track and on pit road and stop on pit road on my pit stall when my guys were coming out, that was pretty ridiculous. I’m not happy with him. And for him not to stick around, that’s pretty sad, too.”
Childress said that he was disappointed in the incident, but that he'd address Harvick face-to-face. (Harvick better check for a watch before that conversation.)
Ty Dillon is moving to the Nationwide Series in 2014 and his brother Austin, who has driven in place of the injured Stewart at SHR for two Cup races this season, is widely expected to take Harvick's spot at RCR next year. Harvick is currently in third place in the Cup standings, 26 points behind Jimmie Johnson. Will this carry over to Sunday, or the three Sundays following it?
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