Kevin Harvick decided Sunday at Watkins Glen after contact with Juan Pablo Montoya that the Columbian driver needed an ass-whoopin' and he was going to be the one to give it to him.
The 1 car of Martin Truex Jr. got into the back of Montoya's No. 42 Big Red Dodge Avenger headed into the treacherous first turn of the road course and sent him careening into Harvick. A red flad followed and the race was delayed for clean-up. Both cars were stopped when Harvick exited his car and rushed over to Montoya, where he was evaluating the damage to his car. A shoving match ensued with both drivers yelling vehemently at the other.
"I was talking about kicking his ass" Harvick said when asked what the two were discussing. "because that's how I felt about him."
Tony Stewart, the eventual race winner, had this to say about the altercation: "I hear they still had the Hans and helmets on ... If you're not going to take 'em off then don't waste everyone's time."
The incident involving the two drivers was not the first time they have collided on the track.
In the Pepsi 400 at Daytona, Montoya's No. 42 machine got loose and made contact with Harvick bouncing the No. 29 machine off the wall. Crew members in Harvick's pits were apparently ticked off at Montoya for sending their driver into the wall early in the race and voiced their disgust via the side of a used race tire.
Displayed for all to read on the wall of a tire in yellow was the phrase: "Keep for 42, go back to F1 so you don't have to race."NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said Harvick will not be penalized for using the word "ass" on live television.
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