NASCAR issues L1 penalty to No. 4 team, Harvick loses Las Vegas playoff points
CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR issued an L1-level penalty to the No. 4 team of Stewart-Haas Racing after finding two rules infractions after Kevin Harvick's victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The violations were discovered during teardown inspection at the NASCAR R&D Center. The team was found to have been in violation of Sections 126.96.36.199 and 20.4.18, which are related to the rear window support and structure and rocker panel extensions, respectively. According to NASCAR, a brace that supports the rear window at all times failed and did not meet specifications. The team's rocker panel extension did not meet NASCAR specs, as it was not made of aluminum.
As a result of the violations, Harvick
Harvick dominated the Las Vegas event, leading five times for a total of 214 laps after starting on the outside pole.
Car chief Robert Smith has been suspended for the next two points races and crew chief Rodney Childers was fined $50,000. NASCAR announced that the No. 4 team has the right to appeal the ruling to the National Motorsports Appeals Panel.