Harvick Stripped Of Round Of Four Berth

Harvick Stripped Of Round Of Four Berth

The infraction was discovered at the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, N.C. during post-race auto and engine teardown. NASCAR also hit Childers with a $75,000 fine.

"We work tirelessly across every inch of our race cars to create speed and, unfortunately, NASCAR determined we ventured into an area not accommodated by its rule book", Zipadelli said. Not only did Harvick lose his spot in the final four at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but he must race the final two weeks of the season without his crew chief and vehicle chief.

"It is not our desire to issue any penalties but will do so when necessary to ensure each race and championship is contested on a level playing field", Miller said. "We will not appeal the penalty". He will enter this weekend's Round of 8 finale fourth among eight playoff drivers in the standings, three points above the cutline - should there be a tie for the final transfer spot, Harvick can not use the Texas win in the tiebreaking procedure. "Instead, we will direct our immediate focus to this weekend's event in Phoenix and control our destiny on the racetrack". Tony Gibson, who has worked as a crew chief on various SHR cars and now serves as the team's production manager, will fill in for Childers.

The issue was with a spoiler that had been modified to give Harvick an aerodynamic advantage as he dominated and won for a Cup Series-high eighth time this season. Now, three spots will be up for grabs in Phoenix.

The series heads to ISM Raceway in Phoenix this weekend for the final elimination race before the championship. He is only three points above Kurt Busch, in fifth place. NASCAR took three cars back to its R&D Center after Texas and all three failed teardown inspections.

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NASCAR provided a statement from senior vice president of competition Scott Miller. One of his victories came in the spring, part of a three-race winning streak marred by an illegal auto at Las Vegas one week earlier.

Also Wednesday, NASCAR penalized the teams of Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones, who already have been eliminated from the playoffs.

The last big scandal in NASCAR was in 2013, when Michael Waltrip Racing manipulated the finish of a race at Richmond to try to get Martin Truex Jr. into the playoffs. Nick DeFazio will be the interim vehicle chief.

Miller was asked if he thought "ridiculous" was an accurate word to describe how teams are approaching the inspection process.

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