Kevin Harvick is no longer locked in a NASCAR Cup Series playoff spot because his Texas Motor Speedway racing car turned out to have illegal changes on the rear spoiler.
NASCAR hit the Stewart-Haas Racing team penalty, including not allowing Harvick to win win for the automatic quayside to be among the four drivers who will compete for the 1
8 November Championship on the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Harvick drove 40 points, crew chief Rodney Childers and Robert Smith coach were each suspended for the last two races of the season, and Childers was fined $ 75,000.
Kevin Harvick won a shot at another NASCAR Cup championship that beat Ryan Blaney in overtime Sunday to win in Texas.
At the age of 42, the Ford 4 Ford driver already has three wins than he has had in any other season in his career.
“It is not our desire to issue any punishment but will do so when it is necessary to ensure that every competition and championship are contested on an equal footing,” said Scott Miller, senior vice president of competition, NASCAR.
The penalty leaves Harvick clinging to the final playoff site available on points, when he sits three points before Kurt Busch and 17 points before Chase Elliott enters the elimination course Sunday at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix.
SHR will not appeal the penalty. Former Cup Crew Chief Tony Gibson will replace Childers.
“We work tirelessly over every inch of our cars to speed up, and unfortunately, NASCAR decided we dared into an area not in its rulebook,” said SHR Vice President Greg Zipadelli said Wednesday in a statement. “We will not appeal the penalty. Instead, we will focus our immediate focus on the weekend’s events in Phoenix and check our fate on the racetrack.”
Joey Logano is the only driver locked in the last four while Kyle Busch 28 points in front of his brother Kurt) and Martin Truex Jr. (25 points forward) have pillows that should allow them to advance if they go pretty well in Phoenix.
Stewart-Haas Racing will not appeal sanctions imposed by NASCAR to include the loss of an automatic dock in the NASCAR Cup Series championship team at Homestead and a 40-point penalty, leaving them in fourth with only one race before the final. Brian Lawdermilk / Getty Images
Phoenix is one of Harvick’s best tracks. He has nine Cup wins there, including the latest competition in March. He has won seven times in his last 12 starts – and ended at the top of the first five in the beginning – on the 1-mile plate.
While the banana has remained the same, the competition will be the first Sunday with a moved start line, now placed in the dogleg part of the former Turn 2.
NASCAR on Wednesday also punished Ryan Blaney, who finished second in Texas and Erik Jones, who finished fourth. They drove 20 points and had their car high schools suspended for two races and their crew heads fined $ 50,000.
Blaney had a door prebuilding crusade, because the filler panels were not permanently attached and Jones had a package of fractures. Both drivers were eliminated in previous rounds of the playoffs.