CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kevin Harvick has been stripped of his berth in NASCAR’s championship race because his profitable automotive failed inspection after Texas Motor Speedway.
NASCAR stated Wednesday the discovery made after Harvick’s win negates the automatic berth he earned into the finale. The No. 4 had an unlawful spoiler.
The rule in question states that spoilers have to be used exactly as provided from the producer and not altered. The infraction was discovered when NASCAR gave the automotive an extra inspection in North Carolina.
Harvick was docked forty driver factors and the staff loses forty proprietor factors as nicely. Harvick now enters this weekend’s race at Phoenix fourth among the remaining eight playoff drivers, three factors above the cutline. Ought to there be a tie for the final switch spot, Harvick would not be eligible to make use of the Texas victory in the tiebreaking procedure.
Crew chief Rodney Childers and automotive chief Robert Smith have been suspended for the ultimate two races of the season. Childers additionally was fined $75,000.
Greg Zipadelli, vice chairman of competition at Stewart-Haas Racing, stated the staff won’t attraction the penalties.
Zipadelli stated Tony Gibson will function interim crew chief and Nick DeFazio will probably be interim automotive chief.
“We work tirelessly throughout every inch of our race automobiles to create velocity and, unfortunately, NASCAR decided we ventured into an area not accommodated by its rule guide,” Zipadelli stated. “We won’t attraction the penalty. As an alternative, we’ll direct our speedy focus to this weekend’s occasion in Phoenix and management our destiny on the racetrack.”
Harvick’s win at Texas was his collection-main eighth in 2018.
He had joined Joey Logano as the one drivers locked into subsequent weekend’s championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Now, three spots shall be up for grabs in Phoenix.
The 2014 Cup Collection champion is a nine-time winner at Phoenix, together with earlier this yr. He gained at Phoenix during his title-profitable season to earn a spot in the 4-automotive championship area.
He’s been in NASCAR’s ultimate three of the final four years.