By AMANDA VINCENT
The No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be relegated to last when it comes to pit selection at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., for Sunday’s race at the track, regardless of where driver Kevin Harvick qualifies on Friday, according to a penalty announcement from NASCAR on Wednesday.
The penalty is the result of the No. 4 team receiving written warnings during two-consecutive race weekends. During the Coca-Cola 600 race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway two weeks ago, the team received a warning for having to go through pre-race inspection more than three times. Last weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, the No. 4 crew received another warning because the car’s exhaust pipe did not conform for NASCAR rules.
The No. 4 SHR team is the third team at the Sprint Cup level to receive the pit selection penalty since NASCAR recently modified its rule book in an effort to create a more efficient inspection process. The No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team (driver: Jimmie Johnson) and the No. 51 HScott Motorsports team (driver: Justin Allgaier) were penalized last weekend at Dover for receiving warnings in consecutive weekends. Hendrick Motorsports didn’t serve its penalty at Dover, though, as the team is appealing its penalty. That appeal will be heard June 9.
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