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Social media not to blame for Kevin Harvick’s penalties after Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 04: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Ford, crosses the finish line to win 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 Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Since crew chief Rodney Childers was fined, car chief Robert Smith suspended and himself and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team docked points Wednesday as the result of rules infractions during the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 4, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick has expressed displeasure in what he thinks are penalties as a result of fan posts on social media, most notably a photo of his flexed rear window during the Las Vegas Speedway.

Other drivers, including Kyle Busch and former driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., have voiced concern over perceived NASCAR knee-jerk reactions in issuing the penalties after social media posts.

Keep in mind that Harvick’s No. 4 car wasn’t only in violation with its broken brace that allowed the back window to cave when the car was at speed. The right-side rocker panel extension on the car also wasn’t to spec, as it wasn’t construction of the mandated aluminum.

Also, attention wasn’t brought to the caving rear window that resulted from a broken brace by fans and a photo on social media. Driver Chase Elliott and crew chief Alan Gustafson discussed Harvick’s window via in-race radio communications. Don’t think NASCAR was aware of that communication?

I’m not so sure NASCAR’s penalties for the No. 4 team after the LVMS race was a result of the social media response to Harvick’s window. Again, there was the other issue with the car, and again, there was the Elliott and Gustafson discussion over the radio during the race. Besides, the brace that was supposed to keep the window from doing what it did was broken. Wouldn’t NASCAR have noticed that in its post-race inspection process, either right after the race at the track or in the following days at the Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C.? I’m guessing so.

Also, a lot of these teams have photographers or relationships with photographers at the track for PR purposes. And then, there are the photojournalists who are there covering the race for various news outlets. I’m thinking at least a photo or two of Harvick’s caved window would show up without the fan social media reports.

As far as NASCAR reacting to fan comments on social media, I don’t think knee-jerk reactions should be made, but if these posts point out rules infractions that can be confirmed, so be it. Don’t want to do the time? Don’t do the crime.

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