NASCAR Penalizes Harvick & SHR

Kevin Harvick at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Joe Shivak photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Just when it appeared everything was going right for Kevin Harvick and his Stewart-Haas Racing team, NASCAR levied an L1-level penalty against the team on Wednesday afternoon.

The No. 4 Ford team was cited for a pair of violations found during teardown at the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, N.C., following Harvick’s second victory of the season in Sunday’s event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The car was found to have rear-window supports that failed to meet specifications, while a secondary infraction was found as the rocker panel extension was not made of aluminum as required.

As a result, crew chief Rodney Childers was fined $50,000 and car chief Robert Smith has been suspended for the next two NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.

Harvick and Stewart-Haas Racing were also stripped of 20 driver and 20 owner points.

While Harvick keeps the victory, he will not receive playoff points for the triumph.

Harvick also won the previous week’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.