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NASCAR Cup: Rodney Childers offers explanation in Kevin Harvick rear window controversy


One of the big stories coming out of Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was the bowing of the rear window on Kevin Harvick’s dominant and race-winning No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford during the race.

Harvick’s crew chief, Rodney Childers, addressed the issue during “The Morning Drive” on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Tuesday.

“Basically, we had a rear window brace fail. and NASCAR mandates that we run a certain T-bar in the back glass and that T-bar is actually pretty strong,’’ Childers said. “Then, also over the winter, they wanted the rear package to raise the bottom of the rear glass to be really stiff and stay controlled; there were some guys that were having their rear package trays falling an inch at the end the year last year. The bottom of the glass got strengthened up, and the T-bar is stiff, and the center brace that holds that T-bar is what bent and failed, and the T-bar ends up being stronger than the back of roof at that point and then pulled the back of the roof down.
“To be honest, that stuff has been a struggle over many, many years. I can remember being at Michigan with Mark Martin in 2012. You’re just going so fast at those intermediate tracks and you’ve got so much air pushing down on that stuff. I remember Mark coming off the race track, and we had a two-inch gap from the bottom of the glass to the deck lid when we came in from practice and had to modify all that stuff.’’

Childers also said his team has made changes to avoid the same occurrence going forward.

During the LVMS Racing, fellow driver Chase Elliott and crew chief Alan Gustafson discussed Harvick’s rear window via their in-race radio communication.

“The right side of the glass, yep kind of … between the orange jack screw and the black lining, it’s bowed from the right side of the jack screw over,” Elliott said when asked by Gustafson if he noticed the rear window of Harvick’s car with about 100 laps remaining in the 267-lap race.

Gustafson estimated that when Harvick’s car was at speed, the rear window bowed down two to three inches.

Chase Elliott stated via Twitter on Monday that he didn’t believe the issue with Harvick’s window resulted in the race win.

“We discussed it. Was that why he won the event, no it wasn’t. @KevinHarvick @RodneyChilders4,” Elliott tweeted.

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