"Things are said in the heat of battle. I've learned that it's better to forgive someone for what they've said. I've forgiven him already."
Childress was not so forgiving and staunchly defended the opportunities he's given his grandsons during an interview before Sunday's race at Martinsville. Austin Dillon races in the Nationwide Series and is expected to move up full-time to the Sprint Cup Series next year, and Ty Dillon is going from the Truck Series to Nationwide in 2014.
"These aren't spoiled rich kids," Childress said Sunday. "These are hardworking young men that believe in what they're doing. They knew they've got to go out and prove themselves. They've got to race up front to keep a job."
Childress could live with the on-track incident between Harvick and Dillon, but felt Harvick crossed a line the personal attack.
"I'll never apologize for giving my grandsons an opportunity, just like the France family, the Earnhardt family, the Wood brothers. You go down the list of the people that have been given opportunities, all of them didn't make it," Childress said. "You've got to go out and earn what you've got, the opportunity in life to succeed. And these boys earned it."