AVONDALE, Ariz. – Kevin Harvick understands Austin Dillon’s anger from Sunday’s wreck at Texas Motor Speedway and feels some guilt about partly contributing to his discontent.
But he hasn’t had the chance to say all of that to the Richard Childress Racing driver, who said Harvick “didn’t like it that the silver spoon kid was outrunning him” before they made contact late in the race. Dillon crashed and finished 37th. Harvick has maintained it merely was a racing incident.
“It’s pretty self-explanatory when you watch the in-car (camera) as to what happened,” the 2014 series champion said Friday after qualifying sixth for the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. “There’s nothing intentional there. And he’s mad, and he should be mad. They were just starting to perform like they need to perform. And he wants to win and he’s a competitor. I can’t blame him for that. So I reached out to him, and he didn’t reach back. So it is what it is. He can handle it how he needs to.”
Asked whether the Stewart-Haas Racing driver, who has won five of the past six races at Phoenix and is trying to advance to the championship round of the playoffs, needed to be worried, Dillon demurred Friday.
“I don’t really have no comment,” he said. “I’m here to race and win this race.”
The “silver spoon kid” reference was an apparent allusion to Harvick’s anger with being spun by Dillon in an October 2013 truck race at Martinsville Speedway. Harvick said Austin and Ty Dillon were partly the reason he was leaving RCR because “they’ve had everything fed to them with a spoon.”
Harvick said Friday he had talked through that incident with Ty Dillon but hadn’t discussed it with Austin.
“He can handle things however he wants to handle them,” Harvick said. “Obviously he’s a little bit bitter over what I said, and that’s probably a little bit my fault for not speaking to him about the situations.”
CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Larson topped the final practice session for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 with a speed at 186.400 mph.
The Cup points leader, Larson will start 39th in the race because his No. 42 Chevrolet didn’t clear inspection in time to qualify.
Ryan Blaney (185.861), Matt Kenseth (185.046), Kurt Busch (184.856) and Erik Jones (184.818) rounded out the top five.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was seventh fastest at 184.433 mph. Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was 20th fastest at 182.648 mph.
Jimmie Johnson recorded the most laps in the session with 47.
Jamie McMurray had the best 10-lap average at 180.914 mph.
The session was stopped for a caution once after Brad Keselowski spun exiting Turn 4.
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CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier won the pole for the Xfinity Series’ Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
With a speed at 182.488 mph, Allgaier earned his fifth Xfinity pole and his first since the March 2013 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Allgaier is joined on the front row by Austin Dillon (181.519).
The top five was completed by Ryan Blaney (181.378), Daniel Hemric (181.324) and Kevin Harvick (181.245).
Christopher Bell will start seventh in his first Xfinity race.
Brad Keselowski and Dakoda Armstrong will start from the rear after not passing inspection in time to qualify.
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CONCORD, N.C. — Ryan Blaney posted the top speed in the second practice session for the Coca-Cola 600.
Blaney’s No. 21 Ford produced a speed of 188.055 mph Saturday morning around Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The top five was filled out by Erik Jones (187.598 mph), Martin Truex Jr. (187.084), Daniel Suarez (186.838) and Trevor Bayne (186.239).
Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was ninth fastest at 185.567 mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 14th quickest at 185.141 mph.
Kyle Busch recorded the most laps in the session with 48.
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CONCORD, N.C. — Eight Cup teams were held 15 minutes during Coca-Cola 600 practice today for failing pre-qualifying inspection on Thursday
Drivers include Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Corey LaJoie and Chris Buescher.
Buescher’s team also loses pit selection for Sunday’s race because it failed inspection three times.
Larson and LaJoie’s loss of practice time comes after neither qualified Thuraday because their cars didn’t clear inspection in time.