NASCAR Hits Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Team With $50,000 Fine, Suspension After Rear Window Issue [VIDEO]
Kevin Harvick NASCAR Penalty news
Harvick lost seven playoff points (six instead of 13) due to the penalty, crew chief Rodney Childers was fined $50,000 and car chief Robert Smith was suspended two Cup races for the L1 window malfunction. The seven lost playoff points correspond to five for Harvick’s win and two for each stage he won.
NASCAR rules dictate that the rear window support braces must keep the rear window glass rigid in all directions at all times. The right side rocker panel extension did not meet NASCAR rule specifications, as it was not an aluminum extension.
Stewart-Haas Racing issued a statement from Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition: “Late today, NASCAR made us aware of a penalty they’re imposing on our No. 4 Cup Series team. We’re going to take the time and evaluate our options, and we plan to continue dialogue with NASCAR to fully understand the rationale behind the penalty.”
The team has three days to decide if to appeal the penalty.
Harvick’s victory at the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was his second consecutive win this season.
“We’re going to learn from this,’’ Childers said Tuesday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “It’s not something that we wanted to happen. You definitely don’t want the back of the roof sharp. You want the back of the roof round and you want that to be a smooth transition. I think that everybody thinks that it helps. I would suggest that it probably didn’t help.’’
NASCAR also announced that crew chief Todd Parrott had been fined $10,000 because the No. 55 Cup team had a lug nut not secured at the end of the Las Vegas race.
TALLADEGA, AL – OCTOBER 25: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, is introduced prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 25, 2015 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
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