Harvick’s victory at Texas ruled “encumbered”

It turns out that Kevin Harvick isn’t locked into Homestead after all.

The No. 4 team was handed an L1 Penalty, after it was discovered that the spoiler on Harvick’s race-winning car from this past Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway violated NASCAR regulations. As outlined in Section 20.4.12 a & b of the NASCAR Rule Book, “Vehicle spoiler must conform to the CAD file and drawing. Spoilers must be used exactly as supplied from the manufacturer.”

As a result, the team has been assessed with the loss of 40 driver points and 40 owner points. The win can’t be used to advance Harvick into the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

He enters Phoenix fourth in points, three points above the cutline.

Crew chief Rodney Childers has been fined $75,000 and suspended from the next two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship points events. Car chief Robert Smith has been suspended from the next two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship points events.

Stewart-Haas Racing won’t appeal the penalty, and Tony Gibson will man the No. 4 war wagon for the final two races of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller issued the following statement: “It is not our desire to issue any penalties, but will do so when necessary to ensure each race and championship is contested on a level playing field.”

The No. 12 (Door Front Crush Panel) and No. 20 (Package Tray) team’s were also issued L1 Penalties. Both were assessed 20-point penalties. Both team’s crew chiefs were fined $50,000 and suspended for the next two races. Both team’s car chiefs were suspended for the next two races.

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My name is Tucker White. I'm currently majoring in journalism at the University of Tennessee. I started getting into NASCAR around 1998 and started following the sport full-time in 2001. I live and breathe everything related to NASCAR. I also have a burning passion for all things auto racing. I've been following Formula 1 since 2011 and am slowing getting into IndyCar. I do my best to keep up with the World Endurance Championship. But at the end of the day, NASCAR is my primary beat. Being both a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and a student at UT, I'm naturally a die-hard Tennessee Volunteers fan. Especially when it comes to Tennessee Volunteers football. While I'll never stop being one, it can be the most heart-wrenching thing ever. Since 2005, this team has delivered more than its fair share of heartbreaking moments and inhuman frustration. I've stuck with the Vols from the best of times - 1998 National Champions - to the worst of times - 2005 to present - because I know that it'll make it all so worth it when the mighty Vols finally return to the top of the college football landscape. In the last few years, I started to really get into baseball. This past season, I decided to pledge my sporting allegiance to the Atlanta Braves. It didn't turn out too well as they finished 67-95 and finished fourth in the NL East. I do see great potential with the young roster and they might be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years.

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