Harvick loses automatic NASCAR championship berth


The whopping penalty negated the automatic berth Harvick earned into NASCAR's version of a final four.

"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. This rule states that spoilers must be used exactly as supplied from the manufacturer and not altered. That led officials to further examine it after returning to the NASCAR Research and Development Center in North Carolina.

Kevin Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team thought they had clinched their spot in the Championship 4 after taking the checkered flag at Texas this past weekend.

Harvick's win at Texas was his series-leading eighth in 2018. Harvick enters this weekend's race at Phoenix fourth among the remaining eight playoff drivers, three points above the cutline.

ISM Raceway in Phoenix represents Harvick's best chance to get a win that would guarantee his spot in the championship race. This prompted NASCAR to levy penalties which include a 40-point deduction and suspension for crew chief Rodney Childers for the remainder of the season, in addition to the aforementioned loss of guaranteed spot in the Championship 4.

Stewart-Haas accepted the penalty and will not appeal, according to vice president of Greg Zipadelli.

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Additionally, Miller said NASCAR would review its deterrence model in the offseason and consider stiffer penalties for certain infractions. Logano is not making any friends during his run for the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series championship. "It's unfortunate now we'll be pulling spoilers off and have to do another inspection", Miller said.

"We've heard the fans kind of call out for, 'Why don't you disqualify the offending car?' and that's actually a topic of discussion along with many other things related to the deterrence model", NASCAR Senior Vice President Scott Miller said Wednesday. NASCAR took three cars back to its R&D Center after Texas and all three failed teardown inspections.

"To think that we can scrutinize a auto as good in five minutes than we can in three hours at the R&D Center is a bit unrealistic, but we are looking at different things for next year, getting into stiffer consequences for the team for even unloading cars that we see are not legal in the first round of inspection". He trails Martin Truex Jr.by 25 points and Kyle Busch by 28.

"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. Driver Ryan Blaney loses 20 driver points, and the team loses 20 owner points.

Blaney's crew chief Jeremy Bullins and Jones' crew chief Chris Gayle have also been fined $50,000 each. Jones crew chief Chris Gayle was fined $50,000 and auto chief Jason Overstreet was suspended the next two races. "The teams should really be bringing legal cars to the racetrack and we shouldn't have to do that inspection all the time". Nick DeFazio will serve as interim auto chief.