NASCAR & Auto Racing

Harvick still hot, says dispute with Edwards isn't about 'head games'

CONCORD, N.C. - One day after the two were involved in a verbal and physical altercation in the garage area, Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards appeared no closer to settling their differences.

Following qualifying for Friday night's Nationwide race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, both drivers were asked about Thursday's incident. Harvick was far more open about it.

"It's pretty well documented everything that happened. The best thing I can tell you is we were in our pit stall and we were protecting our turf," he said.

"You have to be careful who you pick a fight with. You pick a fight with the wrong person (and) he can turn around and bite you, no matter how tough you think you are."

A reporter tried to ask Harvick about Edwards' involvement in the Chase and the driver cut in. "I can give two (expletive) about who Carl Edwards is and what he's in the race for." As a follow-up, Harvick was asked if he was trying to "get inside Carl's head."

"That's not hard to do," Harvick responded.

For his part, Edwards said he was ready to put Thursday's incident behind him - along with the multi-car crash at Talladerga last weekend that prompted it - and get back on the track.

"I feel better in the car today than I have for a long time. It's kind of refreshing," he said.

In a television interview following the wreck at Talladega, Harvick called Edwards a "pansy" for riding around in the back of the pack before eventually moving to the front and running with the leaders. Soon after joining the lead pack, Edwards' car hit teammate Greg Biffle's car, touching off the 12-car wreck that collected another teammate, Matt Kenseth, and Harvick, among others.

Asked Friday if he needed to be more careful around Harvick on the track now, Edwards said, "I don't think so. No matter what we may think of each other personally, one of the best races I ever had in my whole life was in Phoenix with him.

"He's always been like that, one of those guys you can race literally an inch away from. I hope that doesn't change."

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