Harvick and Burton Bury the Hatchet

During the Martinsville last Sunday, drivers Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton got into a bit of a radio skirmish, each of them throwing harsh words at the other as they fought for a better position. The teammates went after each other on the team's radio.

"I'm telling ya, Gil -- he's out of mulligans," Harvick reportedly told crew chief Gil Martin, refering to Burton's attitude during the Loudon, Indy and Martinsville races. Burton defended himself saying “I'm a good teammate -- I did nothing wrong."

The two made peace this week, prior to the Talladega Superspeedway race, where they hope to get along, despite Harvick's more aggressive attitude.

“I think we’re both very competitive people,” Burton said according to “Everybody on the racetrack is a competitive person. I think the best way I can describe it: RCR is like a family, and sometimes family argue amongst themselves and carry on probably more with family than they do with people they don’t even know.

“Well, a lot can be made out of things that we say on the radio, and obviously neither one of us did a very good job at that,” Harvick added. “The thing about Jeff and I is that there is a lot of respect there, and we’ve had those spats before, and we can handle those things in about five minutes."

As for the race itself, the practice runs on Friday were dominated by Denny Hamlin, who ran a lap at 201.664 mph in a two-car draft, during a session without changes with the restrictor plate.
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