Sport Dale Earnhardt Jr. reacts to Kevin Harvick’s criticism: That was ‘hurtful’

23:20  10 august  2017
23:20  10 august  2017 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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Earlier this week, Kevin Harvick blamed NASCAR’s lack of growth on Dale Earnhardt Jr ., claiming he stunted the sport because he’s the 14-time Thursday while in Detroit ahead of the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, Earnhardt told ESPN’s Bob Pockrass that Harvick ’ s comments were “ hurtful ” but added

Dale Earnhardt Jr . reacts to Kevin Harvick ' s criticism : That was ' hurtful '. Kevin Harvick blames Dale Earnhardt Jr . for 'stunting' NASCAR's growth.

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Kevin Harvick defended his take on how Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s lack of success is responsible for "stunting" the growth of NASCAR. It was a day after Earnhardt said Harvick ’ s comments Tuesday on his SiriusXM NASCAR Radio show were “ hurtful ,” but that he still respected Harvick .

Kevin Harvick accidentally created a firestorm in the NASCAR world last week when he said he thinks Dale Earnhardt Jr . is stunting NASCAR’ s growth. Earnhardt called the comments “ hurtful ,” and multiple drivers came to his defense against Harvick .

Earlier this week, Kevin Harvick blamed NASCAR's lack of growth on Dale Earnhardt Jr., claiming he stunted the sport because he's the 14-time most popular driver but not "anywhere close" to being one of the best.

Thursday while in Detroit ahead of the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, Earnhardt told ESPN's Bob Pockrass that Harvick's comments were "hurtful" but added that it doesn't change the respect Junior has for him as a fellow driver.

Earnhardt even complimented Harvick for helping his XFINITY Series team, JR Motorsports, when he ran 34 races for the team between 2014 and 2016.

"He brought an attitude and a commitment and a change in performance. He brought new partnerships. There were just numerous, numerous things that he brought to our company that we still feed off of today, and we still have success today because of that impact that he made at JR Motorsports.

Kevin Harvick blames Dale Earnhardt Jr. for 'stunting' NASCAR's growth

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DETROIT -- Dale Earnhardt Jr . said he found comments from Kevin Harvick " hurtful " over whether Earnhardt ' s lack of championships while also being the sport' s most popular driver has stunted the growth of the sport.

Dale Earnhardt Jr . said he' s proud of his accomplishments after Kevin Harvick suggested that NASCAR' s growth has been hindered because Earnhardt hasn't won enough. "About his comments, some of those comments were hurtful .

"So I have an incredible amount of respect for him, and I found his comments - some of those comments - hurtful. But I still respect him as a champion and an ambassador for the sport, and that's just the way it is I guess. I hate that that's how he feels."

Read more about Harvick's original comments on FTW.

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