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NASCAR: Harvick’s crew chief gets $25,000 fine in P3 level penalty

Aug 13, 2014, 10:11 AM EDT

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Several penalties have been handed out in the last 24 hours in NASCAR, including one to Kevin Harvick‘s No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team.

As a result of unapproved added weight at Watkins Glen, Harvick’s crew chief Rodney Childers has been issued a $25,000 fine in a P3 level penalty.

This was potentially coming given the “bean bag weights” were left in the car, and affected Harvick’s day.

Here is the full release from NASCAR, issued Wednesday morning:

The No. 4 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been penalized due to a rules infraction committed during the Aug. 10 race at Watkins Glen International.

The infraction is a P3 level penalty and is outlined in Section 12-4.3 of the 2014 rule book:

  • A.Violation examples could include but are not limited to:

o     1(c): Unapproved added weight and/or weight affixed improperly (e.g. Unapproved added weight (size and material); unapproved added weight location, but not of a nature rising to a higher numbered penalty.

The infraction violates the following sections in the rule book:

  • 12-1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing;
  • 20-2.3:Added car weight

o    A. Any weight added to the car must be bolted inside the body shell in an approved weight container and in a position acceptable to NASCAR officials

o    Added weight must be in block form of not less than five pound blocks (no pellets) and painted white with the car number or team identification permanently legible on it.

As a result of this violation, crew chief Rodney Childers has been fined $25,000.

Additionally, a warning was issued to the No. 98 Phil Parsons Racing team for improper adding or removing fuel; per NASCAR, it needs to be done outside the garage structure.

Meanwhile earlier this morning, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crew member Troy Cupples was suspended indefinitely for violating the sanctioning body’s Substance Abuse Policy.

  1. manik56 - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Added weight is a disadvantage, plus they had to pit an extra time to fix the problem. Why the additional penalty?

    • indycarseries500 - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Had one of the weights gotten under the brake pedal could create a safety issue. Unsprung weight could create a performance advantage.

  2. techmeister1 - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    The rules are the rules. In addition it was a safety issue which is likely why the penalty. Yes it was an oversight but the team should be on top of this stuff.

  3. worknman24hours - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Harvick said it himself.

    The weights got under his pedals and he had to pit,no choice,unsafe race car.

    Hence the fine.

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