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Harvick left hanging after reaching out to Dillon

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AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Kevin Harvick said he reached out to Austin Dillon following last week's incident between the two Sprint Cup Series drivers at Texas Motor Speedway but got no response.
 
Austin Dillon said he's here at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend to race, and preferred not to comment on what took place last weekend.
 
"I reached out to him and he didn't reach back," Harvick, the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, said after qualifying Friday at PIR. "So it is what it is."
 
The two competitors were racing for fifth place at Texas when contact from Harvick's No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet sent Dillon's car into the wall in Turn 4 and ended his night.
 
Asked about the contact, Dillon said Harvick "knew how tight he was on my door and that's why I got tight and slid up on front of him. He didn't check (up), but he had the opportunity to.
 
"He didn't like it that the silver spoon kid was out-running him tonight."
 
The reference was to a 2013 incident involving Harvick and Ty Dillon, Austin's younger brother, that took place at Martinsville in a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Following late-race contact there, Harvick referred to the brothers as "punk-ass kids" who had "no respect for what they do in this sport and they've had everything fed to them with a spoon."
 
Austin and Ty Dillon are the grandsons of team owner Richard Childress; Harvick spent his first 13 years in Sprint Cup driving for Richard Childress Racing before departing at the end of 2013 to join SHR.
 
Asked about the potential for retaliation, Harvick said Austin Dillon "can handle things however he wants to handle them.
 
"Obviously he is a little bitter about the things that I said ... and that is probably a little bit my fault for never speaking to him about the situation," he said.
 
Harvick said Dillon should have been mad about the Texas incident. "They are just starting to perform like they need to perform and he wants to win and he is a competitor and I can't blame him for that," he said.
 
"As far as the incident itself, it's pretty self-explanatory when you watch the in-car as to what happened. There was nothing intentional there."
 
Dillon said his focus this weekend is "to win this race."
 
"We've had a good American Ethanol Chevy and I'm looking forward to showcasing that here in a little bit and trying to get two poles in a row," he said before qualifying.
 
He didn't win a second consecutive pole, but he did make it to the third round in qualifying and will start seventh in Sunday's Can-Am 500 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
 
Harvick might be out of mind, but he won't be out of sight -- he qualified sixth and will start alongside Dillon.

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