DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team has been penalized due to a rules infraction committed during the Aug. 10 race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) Int’l.
The infraction is a P3 level penalty and is outlined in Section 12-4.3 of the 2014 rule book: A. Violation examples could include but are not limited to: o 1(c): Unapproved added weight and/or weight affixed improperly (e.g. Unapproved added weight (size and material); unapproved added weight location, but not of a nature rising to a higher numbered penalty.
Sandbags were hampering Harvick’s ability to drive the car early in the race, so he pitted to have them removed. The bags were used to distribute weight inside the car.
The infraction violates the following sections in the rule book:
· 12-1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing;
· 20-2.3: Added car weight
o A. Any weight added to the car must be bolted inside the body shell in an approved weight container and in a position acceptable to NASCAR officials
o Added weight must be in block form of not less than five pound blocks (no pellets) and painted white with the car number or team identification permanently legible on it.
As a result of this violation, crew chief Rodney Childers has been fined $25,000.
Per Section 12-4.1 of the NASCAR rule book, a Warning has been issued to the No. 98 team for an infraction occurring on Aug. 8. The infraction was:
· 20-16.6: Fuel filler cans
o G. When adding or removing fuel to/from the car in the garage area, the car must be outside the garage structure.
Multiple warnings issued to the same car number/member within a given time period will result in one or more penalties in accordance to Section 12-4.1 of the rule book.