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SportNASCAR strips Kevin Harvick’s berth in title race

18:25  07 november  2018
18:25  07 november  2018 Source:   nbcsports.com

NASCAR's title in sight as playoffs continue at Martinsville

NASCAR's title in sight as playoffs continue at Martinsville NASCAR begins the third round of the playoffs at Martinsville Speedway with eight drivers still remaining in contention for the championship. A win at Martinsville on Sunday, or at one of the next two races, earns one of those drivers an automatic berth into the championship finale. Kyle Busch will start from the pole as he represents the so-called Big Three at the front of the field at Martinsville. Busch has combined with Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. to dominate most of this season, and all three are trying to earn one of the four slots at the Homestead-Miami Speedway finale.

Kevin Harvick is no longer qualified for the championship race in Miami after NASCAR penalized his team after his Texas win. The result is that Harvick Harvick ’ s penalty means that there are three spots to be filled for the championship race Sunday in Phoenix. Joey Logano is the only driver who

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kevin Harvick ’ s bid for a second NASCAR title suffered a massive setback Wednesday when he was stripped of his berth in the championship race because his winning car failed inspection after Texas Motor Speedway. The discovery of an illegally modified spoiler, made

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Kevin Harvick is no longer qualified for the championship race in Miami after NASCAR penalized his team after his Texas win.

The result is that Harvick holds the final transfer spot to Miami but is three points ahead of Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch.

Harvick’s penalty means that there are three spots to be filled for the championship race Sunday in Phoenix. Joey Logano is the only driver who has locked in a spot in the championship race in Miami with his Martinsville victory.

Along with not allowing last weekend’s win to transfer Harvick to the championship race, NASCAR docked Harvick 40 driver points and the team 40 car owner points. NASCAR suspended crew chief, Rodney Childers for two races (the rest of the playoffs) and fined him $75,000. NASCAR also suspended suspended car chief Robert Smith two races (the rest of the playoffs).

Kevin Harvick’s penalty tightens race for final spots in title race

Kevin Harvick’s penalty tightens race for final spots in title race Kevin Harvick leads teammate Kurt Busch by three points for the final cutoff spot entering Sunday's race at Phoenix.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Harvick ’ s bid for a second NASCAR title suffered a massive setback when he was stripped of his berth in the championship race after series inspectors found his winning car from Texas Motor Speedway had been deliberately altered to give him a performance

The points penalty and fine were the maximum allowed for an L1 penalty.

NASCAR penalized the team for violating Section 20.4.12.a & b in regards to the spoiler. NASCAR stated that the vehicle spoiler must conform to the CAD file and drawing. Spoilers must be used exactly as suppled by the manufacturer.

Stewart-Haas Racing stated it would not appeal the penalty:

“We work tirelessly across every inch of our racecars to create speed and, unfortunately, NASCAR determined we ventured into an area not accommodated by its rule book. We will not appeal the penalty. Instead, we will direct our immediate focus to this weekend’s event in Phoenix and control our destiny on the racetrack.”

Tony Gibson will serve as Harvick’s crew chief the final two races of the season. Nick DeFazio will be the team’s car chief for the next two races.

Kevin Harvick penalties alter course of NASCAR playoffs, add intrigue to Phoenix

Kevin Harvick penalties alter course of NASCAR playoffs, add intrigue to Phoenix Because of the penalties NASCAR levied at Kevin Harvick, three championship 4 spots will now be available Sunday at ISM Raceway.

CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Kevin Harvick has been stripped of his berth in NASCAR ' s championship race because his winning car failed inspection after Texas Motor Speedway. NASCAR said Wednesday the discovery made after Harvick ' s win negates the automatic berth he earned into the finale.

Kevin Harvick has been stripped of his berth in NASCAR ’ s championship race because his winning car failed inspection after Texas Motor Speedway. NASCAR said Wednesday the discovery made after Harvick ’ s win negates the automatic berth he earned into the finale.

NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller stated: “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. We will now return our focus to Phoenix, and the battle for a championship.”

Here is what the points standings now look like with Harvick’s penalty:

WIN – Joey Logano (locked into championship field in Miami with Martinsville win)

4,128 points – Kyle Busch

4,125 points – Martin Truex Jr.

4,103 points – Kevin Harvick (last position to transfer to Miami)

4,100 points – Kurt Busch

4,086 points – Chase Elliott

4,068 points – Aric Almirola

4,052 points – Clint Bowyer

Harvick's title hopes faded due to 'a daytime race car'.
The night time was not the right time for Kevin Harvick at Homestead-Miami Speedway. During the first two days of practice of the weekend, Harvick was not especially happy with the performance of his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. RELATED: Logano wins title When Sunday’s Ford 400 got underway, however, he quickly began to show the performance which had led him to a career-best eight NASCAR Cup Series wins this season. He won the first stage in dominating fashion and was passed on the final lap by Kyle Larson to end up runner-up in the second stage.

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