Kevin Harvick loses automated NASCAR championship berth after failing inspection



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07 Nov 2018, 22:05 IST
Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick’s NASCAR Cup Collection playoff spot is not assured after his race-winning automobile from Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway was discovered to have unlawful alterations to the rear spoiler. 

NASCAR introduced the penalties towards the Stewart-Haas Racing staff, which included knocking Harvick out of utilizing the automated berth to be amongst 4 drivers vying for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 18. 

“It’s not our want to difficulty any penalties however will accomplish that when needed to make sure every race and championship is contested on a degree enjoying subject,” NASCAR senior vp of competitors Scott Miller mentioned.

Moreover, Harvick was docked 40 factors, crew chief Rodney Childers and automobile chief Robert Smith have been suspended for the final two races of the season, and Childers was fined $75,000.

Stewart-Haas Racing staff won’t attraction the penalty and former Cup crew chief Tony Gibson will substitute Childers.

“We work tirelessly throughout each inch of our racecars to create pace and, sadly, NASCAR decided we ventured into an space not accommodated by its rule guide,” SHR vp of competitors Greg Zipadelli mentioned Wednesday in a assertion. “We won’t attraction the penalty. As an alternative, we’ll direct our fast focus to this weekend’s occasion in Phoenix and management our future on the race monitor.”

Harvick nonetheless has the likelihood to clinch the ultimate playoff spot out there on factors. He sits three factors forward of Kurt Busch and 17 factors forward of Chase Elliott heading into the elimination race Sunday at ISM Raceway in Phoenix.

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