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Harvick doesn’t like RCR teammates so he’s opting for Stewart, Danica and Busch instead

By admin | October 27, 2013

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 By Richard Allen

In case you haven’t heard, Kevin Harvick and Ty Dillon didn’t play well together during the Camping World Truck Series race at the Martinsville Speedway on Saturday. Trouble is, the two drivers both race under the umbrella of Richard Childress Racing in one capacity or another…at least for a few more weeks.

On lap 189 of the 200 lap event, it seems as if both drivers considered the same piece of real estate on the paper clip shaped half-mile track to be their own. The resulting tangle set off a chain of events that will no doubt make the remaining few weeks of the 2013 season a bit uncomfortable on the RCR campus.

Kevin Harvick and Ty Dillon tangled late in the CWTS race at Martinsville.

That level of pending discomfort at RCR was only heightened by the late race and post-race antics and comments of the two drivers as they bumped off of each other on their way back to the pit area and then found the television cameras and microphones. There was even a moment in which Harvick stopped in Dillon’s pit stall, provoking crew members to come after the Sprint Cup regular and even hurl a sledge hammer in his direction.

Harvick stopped in the Dillon pit stall to set off a confrontation.

“He just dumped me,” Harvick said of the spin with Dillon. “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 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.”

For his part, Dillon had a lot to say as well.

“He was hogging the bottom, and I just kept diving to the inside,”  the grandson of team owner Richard Childress said. “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.”

Dillon went on to add, “So he can’t even face me afterward. I’m pretty disappointed in the things that went down. I used to look up to that guy. I guess he doesn’t understand the circumstances of what’s going on. To tear a truck up and act like a punk on pit road. And stopping by my pit stall when my guys are coming out, that was pretty ridiculous. I’m not happy with him. And for him to not even stick around, that’s pretty sad, too.”

There is all kinds of irony in play here. First, for Harvick to call anyone else a punk is the very definition of the word irony. This is a guy who has behaved as badly as any driver in NASCAR history. Just ask Ricky Rudd or Joey Logano or Greg Biffle or Kyle Busch or the NASCAR officials who once benched him from a Sprint Cup race at Martinsville for actions in a trucks race the day before if you want confirmation of that.

The second bit of irony is that Harvick says he’s leaving RCR because he doesn’t like the drivers he would be working with in the future. So, he’s heading for Stewart-Haas Racing to team with Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch and Danica Patrick. The Empire State Building might not be big enough to hold all of those egos at the same time.

2013_stewato01.jpgKurt BuschDanica Patrick came to NASCAR with much fanfare but has produced few results.

Yes, the Dillon brothers(Ty and Austin) have had an easier road to the top of the sport than many others. No question about that. Whether that makes them punks is a matter of opinion, I guess. But in my personal dealings with them at the dirt tracks where I’ve encountered them, I have always found both of them to be very accommodating.

Ty Dillon poses with my sons at Smoky Mountain Speedway.

Austin Dillon with my sons at Smoky Mountain Speedway

Harvick is a passionate driver who doesn’t want to be taken advantage of. That’s what drivers are supposed to be. But he is also a very abrasive personality and to think there suddenly won’t be issues with teammates because he is leaving RCR for a team filled with abrasive personalities is laughable.

*For the record, Harvick offered an apology on the pre-race show on Sunday.

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14 Responses to “Harvick doesn’t like RCR teammates so he’s opting for Stewart, Danica and Busch instead”

  1. Wayne Hartsock Says:
    October 27th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    He will get into some type of fight with Kurt befor the 4th of July.

  2. Benjamin P. Glaser Says:
    October 27th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Putting Kevin Harvick in the SHR mix with Kurt and Tony is like throwing a brick in a dryer and expecting it not to break apart.

  3. Tony Geinzer Says:
    October 27th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I think Angry Harvick is the Biggest Punk in NASCAR History. That’s old news. But, he behaves like Parnelli Jones in the Public Eye and the misadventures of Kevin Harvick will cost him another title. And if I was going for a Championship Race between Mark Martin, Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer, I’d want Mark Martin to win, even by a Horse’s Nose.

  4. Bill B Says:
    October 28th, 2013 at 5:50 am

    Glad the irony of king punk calling someone else out for being punk didn’t escape your eyes Rich. That was my first thought when I hear it.

  5. Pep Fontana Says:
    October 28th, 2013 at 7:04 am

    It was Dillon that called Harvick a “punk”, not the other way around.

    I think what Harvick meant in his statement as to why he is leaving RCR, is because of the nepotism that obviously is taking place at RCR. Anyone that drives there now will certainly play second fiddle to the Dillon boys. Harvick just saw the writing on the wall and bailed out.
    By the way, RCR will be a Dale Earnhardt museum in 5 years because of the Dillons. “Pop-pop” isn’t going to be able to out spend everyone on the Cup level like he does in the Nationwide Series and Austin is going to be in for a rude awakening next season.

    Also, the above poster is correct about Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick. It’s going to be glorious to watch!!!

  6. Pep Fontana Says:
    October 28th, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Upon seeing the interview on tape, it does appear that Harvick does in fact throw the first “punk” reference. My apologies to the author.

  7. Robert Says:
    October 28th, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Kevin Harvick sure does like to burn his bridges doesn’t he?

    Both Dillon boys will do well in cup. Will they be champions? Who knows?

    But they will win their share of races.

    There is a reason Harvick has never won a championship. The reason rests between his ears.

  8. The Old Guy Says:
    October 28th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I thought it a bit ironic when Harvick said that the dillons had everything handed to them. If I’m not mistaken, Harvick was “handed” one of the best rides in NASCAR.

    The only thing I’ve ever really wished would be that the feud Jimmy Spencer had with Kurt Busch had been with Harvick. Spencer would have shut Harvick up just like he did Busch.

    Regarding the future of both of them at SHR, I’m pulling for Kurt Busch.

  9. Jesse Says:
    October 28th, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Let me ask, when Harvick’s son starts running go-karts and late models, who do you think will put up the money, you know his son will race and his name will not be that big, so daddy will foot the bill. I do think the Dillon boys are good but not good enough to run in a top series.

  10. Sue Rarick Says:
    October 28th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Pop-pop won’t be able to outspend his competitors in cup, so we’ll see how good Austin really is next year.

    But the real problem with RCR is they first got rid of Scott Miller (look how well MWR did once he got there). They have Bud going with Harvick and when they show favoritism to Austin next year how long will Menard stick around. There are other teams that would love to have that extra 20 million a year. Look for Menard to announce a team switch by June next year.

  11. Greg Says:
    October 28th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    When Harvick shutdown his own race shop and sort of rolled things in with RCR it looked like a joint venture but it did not work that way.

    Kevin has outlasted his welcome at RCR for w hatever reason , and when it was reported that Richard was tell ing the #3 to hit Kevins #14 during the caution Kevins not totally to blame.

  12. Sully Says:
    October 28th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Kevin has always been an unlikable ass. He parroted his new jerk of a boss Tony with the “rich kid” comment. The comment is void of any sense or reason. Tony alone with that stupid comment started a cottage industry of non critical thinkers. The parrots don’t even think of how stupid that comment is, Kevin being one of them.

    Kevin was handed his ride, and I seriously doubt his son will be putting in any shift work at the local Burger King or bussing tables at the local Outback. We will see when his son is racing in the future, I hope people call Kevin on it. “Keelan, spoiled rich kid”.

    What a nasty crew under one roof going into next year. Good grief…It will implode!

  13. Lou Says:
    October 28th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I was done with Harvick when he went after Ricky Rudd , harvick beat and banged on Ricky all night and when Rudd got spun be harvick he worked his way back through the field and beat and banged that punk till he spun out then in typical Harvick fasion caused a rukus on pitt road but hid behind his crew like ricky said he as a yap mouth like a little dog , Richard is class owner and he gave harvick the shot of a lifetime and this is how harvick wants to leave , oh and didnt RCR buy all of harvicks equipment for the nationwide series and camping world series . I hope Bush knocks his teeth out at daytona

  14. Leto Says:
    October 28th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Honestly, I expected Harvick to leave RCR for SHR back during his last round of contract negotiations. When he re-signed with RCR, I made the comment that it was only because SHR wasn’t ready to expand yet and that Harvick wanted to wait and see if the SHR stable was viable enough to compete for titles on a regular basis.

    Couple that with the Dillon Brothers coming up through the ranks, I think Harvick knew that his time as the “#1″ driver at RCR was coming to an end. He is, however, the most marketable driver in the RCR stable, so I don’t know how RCR will rebound with losing him and all of his sponsors (unless they bring Brendan Gaughan to Cup in 2015 or something). I think RCR knew that they would need to re-sign Menard and his built-in sponsorship once Harvick announced his departure, or else they would be screwed financially.

    Sue- Menard just re-signed with RCR for multiple years. He’s signed with the team through 2016. For him to get out of his contract with RCR would cost him and his dad quite a bit of money. Menard isn’t in NASCAR to win titles (that’s been evident for years, when he ran for Yates) but rather as a marketing machine/tax write-off for John Menard. He knows he’s never going to be the #1 driver anywhere unless his dad buys a race team. Being second-fiddle to the Dillon Boys, yet knowing that he’s probably the only fully-funded driver on the Cup side is probably just fine for him.
    Menard had his chance to leave RCR. He didn’t take it. Sure, in 3 years he might make a move, but for now, he’s stuck at RCR.