Kevin Harvick found himself in hot water with Richard Childress Racing owner Richard Childress this weekend after callings the owner’s grandchildren, fellow drivers Ty Dillon and Austin Dillon, “spoiled rich kids.”
Harvick, who said Ty and Austin Dillon have “had everything fed to them with a spoon,” issued the following apology:
You go back and look at the things that happened, and sometimes you regret the things that you say for sure. (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 (USA Today Sports).
The apology didn’t stop Childress from responding:
[Ty and Austin] aren’t spoiled rich kids. These are hard-working young men that believe in what they’re doing. They knew they had to prove themselves. They have to race to be up front to keep a job. And they knew that when I put them in the first car. It’s just not fair for someone to make a statement like that. It’s not fair to the sport. There are so many families in this sport, it’s founded on family. Look at the history from the France family. No one has to apologize for giving their family the opportunity.
At the end of the season, Harvick will be leaving Richard Childress Racing. He’s been a member of the team for 13 years.
[Source: USA Today Sports]