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November 1, 2013

Crew penalized for throwing hammer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR indefinitely suspended the Richard Childress Racing crew member who threw a hammer at driver Kevin Harvick's truck during a race at Martinsville Speedway.

Adam Brown was suspended Thursday for "throwing an object at a competitor's race truck." Crew chief Paul (Marcus) Richmond was fined $10,000 because he assumes responsibility for the entire team. Both work on Ty Dillon's truck for RCR.

Dillon spun Harvick late in Saturday's race as both were racing for position. Harvick hit Dillon's truck under caution, then drove into Dillon's pit stall as he returned to pit road. Brown then threw the hammer at the truck.

Harvick is leaving RCR at the end of the year after 13 seasons to join Stewart-Haas Racing. He said after the race his departure was because team owner Childress was too focused on the development of grandsons Austin and Ty Dillon, whom he claimed were undeserving of their advancement in the organization.

"I don't care what they throw at me," Harvick said after he got out of his truck. "Exactly the reason why I'm leaving RCR because you've got those kids coming up and they've got no respect for what they do in this sport and they've had everything fed to them with a spoon."

Harvick, who apologized the next day for his remarks, has three races remaining with RCR.

Austin Dillon, in his weekly appearance Wednesday on SiriusXM Radio, said he's forgiven Harvick.

"My grandfather has given my brother and I both a great opportunity to go out and take advantage of those opportunities. If anybody out there doesn't think that I should go after something that is in front of me, I don't know what to say," Austin Dillon said.

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