Harvick's guaranteed slot in NASCAR title race nullified

Annette Crawford
November 10, 2018

This rule states that spoilers must be used exactly as supplied from the manufacturer and not altered. The spoiler observed on the No. 4 was offset slightly to the right - that provides an aerodynamic advantage when a vehicle goes into the corner. Crew chief Jeremy Bullins is fined $50,000, and auto chief Kirk Almquist is suspended for the next two races.

"We believe this to be a separate manufactured part by the team", Miller said. We have small windows and tight windows to get the inspections done, and we might spend in the neighborhood of five minutes with each of the 40 cars for the three-hour window that we have for inspection.

A major penalty following the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway has completely changed the complexion of the race to make the Final Four at Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend.

Harvick's crew chief, Rodney Childers, and auto chief, Robert Smith, were suspended for the final two races of the season. Both were suspended for two races. Childers was also fined $75,000.

Additionally, Harvick was docked 40 points, crew chief Rodney Childers and vehicle chief Robert Smith were suspended for the last two races of the season, and Childers was fined $75,000.

Harvick, despite earning his eighth win of the season, sits in fourth place - three points ahead of Kurt Busch and 17 points ahead of Chase Elliott.

Stewart-Haas accepted the penalty and will not appeal, according to vice president of Greg Zipadelli. Ryan Blaney's No. 12 team and Erik Jones' No. 20 team will each be docked 20 driver and owner points, and both team's auto chief and crew chief will be suspended for the final two races of 2018.

"We work tirelessly across every inch of our race cars to create speed, " Zipadelli said.

The team has the right to appeal this penalty, but indicated that they will forgo that option. "We will direct our immediate focus to this weekend's event in Phoenix and control our destiny on the racetrack".

The series heads to ISM Raceway in Phoenix this weekend for the final elimination race before the championship. He pulled it off and is a nine-time victor at Phoenix, including earlier this year. NASCAR has for several years refused to give specifics about infractions - keeping secret ideas on how to game the system - but reversed course on the Harvick penalty because of mounting criticism about the severity of his punishment. Logano grabbed the first spot, which meant the best SHR could do was qualify three cars for Homestead.

The penalty against Harvick also closes a rough race for NASCAR, which erroneously penalized Jimmie Johnson moments before the race began.

If the only three cars inspected failed, what about the other 37 cars in Sunday's field?

Miller vowed intense scrutiny on the four championship-contending cars at Homestead, and said the post-race procedure is similar to the Daytona 500, where engines are examined at the track after the race.

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