Austin Dillon spoke out after the Ty Dillon/Kevin Harvick dust-up in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway this past weekend.
The older of the two Dillon brothers, and grandsons of Harvick’s team boss Richard Childress, actually had kind words to say about Harvick given the drama that occurred when Ty Dillon and Harvick collided in Turns 1 and 2 and then again on pit lane.
Austin Dillon took to the airwaves on Sirius XM Radio to state his piece. A full transcript is linked here on Dillon’s Facebook page, but a few quotes are below:
“Kevin Harvick is somebody in my family that is a hero. He was a hero and probably still will be. During a tough time when RCR needed someone to step up, Kevin Harvick did. He kept RCR up front in NASCAR for a long time.”
“I watched the race this weekend at Martinsville Speedway and I thought it was hard racing. I thought Ty had a good truck and I thought Harvick had a good truck. They got after it at a place like Martinsville and Ty was racing for points and thought like he needed to get to the next spot. Things are said in the heat of battle. I’ve learned that it’s better to forgive someone for what they’ve said. I’ve forgiven him already.”
“When we found out he was going to Stewart-Haas Racing, it hurt my feelings. I still knew, though, that we could do it at RCR. We’ve always been able to overcome things. I was going to go into this year, and still am, trying to learn as much as I could from him. I did and still thank him for everything he’s taught me and where I’m at today.”