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Kevin Harvick engages Amber Cope in Tweet beef

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  July 15, 2012 09:50 AM

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By Michael Vega, Globe Staff

LOUDON, N.H. -- After verbally smacking down Amber Cope following his runner-up finish to Brad Keselowski in Saturday's F.W. Webb 200 Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick took to Twitter to take Cope to task for her interference on the backstretch that enabled Keselowski pass Harvick for the race lead with 21 laps to go.

Harvick got held up on the backstretch of the 1.058-mile oval when he came upon the lapped car of Amber Cope, of Pulyallup, Wash., one of the twin nieces of 1990 Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope.

Cope, who was supposed to start 42d, never took the green flag after developing problems and pulling into the garage. She came back out 33 laps behind the leaders and finished 26th in her No. 24 Chevrolet.

Afterward, Harvick took Cope to task, giving her car a disapproving nudge with his own on pit road.

"The 24 every time you'd come up to her, she didn't know whether she was going high or low,'' Harvick said. "It looked like she went up, so I committed to the bottom and then she came down.''

Harvick refused to describe the incident as ``one of those racing deals.''

"It's not one of those deals,'' he said. "It's somebody who shouldn't be on the race track and has no clue what they're doing in the race car. She wants to be Danica Patrick but she can't hold her ... hold her helmet.''

Afterward, Harvick went on Twitter and took another sideswipe at Cope when he posted the following message:

Looking forward to tomorrow should be an intense race! Best part about it is I know the #24 will be able to drive straight tomorrow!

Harvick, no doubt, was referring to Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup race and the No. 24 Chevrolet driven by Jeff Gordon.

Cope responded in kind on Twitter:

@KevinHarvick Way to go tough guy. I bet if u take a moment in your arrogance u will realize your fault @keselowski figured it out.
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