NASCAR Announces Las Vegas Motor Speedway Penalties Featured

  • NASCAR Announces Las Vegas Motor Speedway Penalties Featured

NASCAR Announces Las Vegas Motor Speedway Penalties Featured

NASCAR came down hard on Harvick and his team on Wednesday for rear window brace violations on his winning auto from last weekend's Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Harvick now has six playoff points instead of the 13 he had earned through three races. The Stewart Haas Racing star will attempt to regroup with a strong showing at Phoenix this weekend. Rodney Childers, crew chief of the No. 4 Ford with driver Kevin Harvick, has been fined $50,000.

Harvick also was docked 20 points. The issue was not discovered while the vehicle was standing still during pre- or post-race inspection but was noticeably different during the race broadcast.

In the former, NASCAR officials discovered a brace on the rear window that bent; such items are required to keep the window rigid for the entire race. Additionally, the rocker panel extension was not aluminum, NASCAR.com reports.

Harvick's crew chief, Rodney Childers explained that a brace had failed and that the dip probably didn't give the auto an advantage.

Harvick's No. 4 team gets hit pretty hard with this penalty. "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".

On NASCAR Radio on SiriusXM, Childers said that the incident was unintentional and wouldn't happen again. You definitely don't want the back of the roof sharp.

He also said he did not believe the problem provided an aerodynamic advantage. There is good news for Harvick, since he was already in the playoffs thanks to his win in Atlanta, but this whole penalty business is better still news for a driver who hasn't won a single stage or race this season: Joey Logano.

It's also worth noting that NASCAR previously cited such an infraction as an encumbered victory, but has elected not to use that terminology as of the 2018 season.