Kevin Harvick failed inspection after win, penalties include no automatic championship berth

Rex Christensen
November 8, 2018

With the penalty, Harvick is still in the playoffs on merit, but just three points ahead of teammate Kurt Busch for the final spot.

However, NASCAR announced on Wednesday that the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion was not quite up to spec, and was popped with an L1 penalty when the vehicle was inspected at NASCAR's Research and Development Center.

Harvick has been docked 40 driver points and the team loses 40 owner points as well. As part of the penalty, Harvick can not use the win at TMS in a tiebreaker. Those penalties also include the suspensions of crew chief Rodney Childers and vehicle chief Robert "Cheddar" Smith for the remaining two races of the 2018 season and a $75,000 fine for Childers. Childers was also fined $75,000. "We will not appeal the penalty. We will direct our immediate focus to this weekend's event in Phoenix and control our destiny on the racetrack". The No. 35 team of Brennan Poole was issued a safety penalty for the "loss or separation of added ballast" from the truck.

Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition at Stewart-Haas Racing, said the team will not appeal the penalties.

Harvick's win at Texas was his series-leading eighth in 2018. Now, three spots will be up for grabs in Phoenix.

Harvick won the 2014 Cup Series championship and went to Phoenix that season in a must-win situation to race for the title.

Royal Visit Nigeria: Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla in Abuja
But that's how he gets things done, he's driven by this, this passion inside him to really help. "I suspect quite a few of you may too have grandchildren or will do soon".

The 2014 Cup Series champion is a nine-time victor at Phoenix, including earlier this year.

Joey Logano is now the only driver locked into Homestead with "The Big Three" of Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. now in on merit.

Per the NASCAR penalty report, the team violated section 20.4.12.a&b, which relates to spoilers. Chase Elliott is now 17 points behind, Aric Almirola is 35 back and Clint Bowyer trails by 51. Harvick has seven wins in his last 12 starts at Phoenix and nine wins in 31 starts overall.

Other penalties announced on Wednesday were also of the L1 variety.

Blaney crew chief Jeremy Bullins was fined $50,000, and vehicle chief Kirk Almquist was suspended for the next two races.

Zipadelli said Tony Gibson will serve as interim crew chief and Nick DeFazio will be interim vehicle chief.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER