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NASCAR Cup: Kevin Harvick’s team issued severe penalties after Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 04: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Ford, poses with the winners sticker after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 4, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Among the penalties on NASCAR’s weekly penalty report that was released Wednesday, detailing penalties resulting from rules infractions committed during the March 1-4 race weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway included stiff penalties for the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team of driver Kevin Harvick in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Crew chief Rodney Childers was fined $50,000, car chief Robert Smith was suspended from two Cup Series points-paying races and Harvick and the team were each docked 20 regular-season points and seven playoff points.

The penalties were a result of a brace breaking during the Pennzoil 400 on March 4. With the brace broken, the rear window of the car caved while the car was up to race speed. Also, the right-side rocker panel extension did not meet NASCAR specifications.

In its penalty announcement, NASCAR cited violations of sections 20.4.8.1 Rear Window Support and Structure b & c; 20.4.18 Rocker Panel Extensions. b. The announcement also included the following note: “Rear window support braces must keep the rear window glass rigid in all directions at all times. The right-side rocker panel extension did not meet NASCAR rule specifications; extension was not aluminum.

“Late today, NASCAR made us aware of a penalty they’re imposing on our No. 4 Cup Series team,” read a statement from Stewart-Haas Racing President of Competition Greg Zipadelli. “We’re going to take the time and evaluate our options, and we plan to continue dialogue with NASCAR to fully understand the rationale behind the penalty.”

NASCAR also fined Todd Parrott, crew chief on the No. 55 Premium Motorsports team of Joey Gase, because not all lug nuts were properly installed on the No. 55 car after the Pennzoil 400.

The NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck series also ran companion races to the Cup race at LVMS, but no penalties came from those races.

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