AVONDALE, Ariz. —
It wasn’t always this lovey-dovey.
The relationship between Harvick and Childress has been contentious at times, perhaps no more so than last month when Harvick lashed out at his grandsons, Ty and Austin Dillon, following a Truck Series race.
Harvick and Ty tangled on the track a few times during the race and a member of Dillon’s crew threw a rubber mallet at Harvick’s truck after he blocked their stall. Harvick called the Dillons spoiled punks and later apologized after Childress fiercely defended his grandsons.
Harvick and Childress patched up their relationship enough that Harvick became emotional when asked about what Childress has meant to him as he heads into his final race with the team.
“We’ve had a lot of life lessons together and it started in 1999,” Harvick said. “So we’ve had life lessons and you try to become a better person, and I think as I’ve been at RCR, you learn from situations.”
Harvick and Childress have learned a lot from each other over the years.
Harvick started with RCR on the Nationwide Series in 1999 and had the daunting task of filling the void left after Dale Earnhardt was killed at the 2001 Daytona 500.
Harvick won twice during his first Sprint Cup season in 2001 and was a consistent winner, winning 24 times with RCR. He won the 2007 Daytona 500 and qualified for the Chase seven times in the 10 years since it debuted in 2004, finishing fifth or better five times.
It’s been a good run, one he and Childress can appreciate as it nears an end.
“I’m sure y’all have heard that old song, ‘Don’t blink, 100 years goes by fast,’ and this is just another chapter in life that we’re all living,” Childress said. “You’ve got to be tough to hang in there and make it, and we’ve did a lot together. We’ve won a lot. We’ve been through some tough times. But at the end of the day, 100 years go by awful fast.”
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