UPDATE: Stewart-Haas Racing has now withdrawn their appeal for the penalty assessed against Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 team.
Rodney Childers will be eligible to return to the pit box in the season-finale at Phoenix Raceway.
Kevin Harvick and Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 4 team have been assessed a steep penalty following last weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Talladega Superspeedway after it was discovered the organization modified a single-source part.
According to NASCAR’s Penalty Report, the Stewart-Haas Racing team was found to be in violation of multiple sections in the NASCAR Cup Series Rule Book, all of which had to do with the single-source modification of NextGen parts.
Specifically, NASCAR cites Sections 14.1 C, D, and Q and Sections 14.5 A, C, and G as the violated sections of the Rule Book, which have to do with the ‘Overall Assembled Vehicle Rules’ and ‘Body’ infractions.
As a result, Rodney Childers – crew chief of the No. 4 Ford Mustang – has been assessed a monetary fine of $100,000 and suspended for the next four points-paying NASCAR Cup Series events – Charlotte ROVAL, Las Vegas, Homestead, and Martinsville.
Additionally, both Kevin Harvick and Stewart-Haas Racing have been docked 100 driver and owner points, which will leave both parties 16th in the standings, the lowest possible position they can sit, as a result of qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
This is a developing story. More details will be added to this story if/when they become available.
On Wednesday, NASCAR also announced that Andrew Abbott, crew chief for Young’s Motorsports’ No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado, has been indefinitely suspended, following what the sanctioning body cites as a Behavioural Violation.
According to NASCAR, Abbott must complete a NASCAR-mandated anger management course before he can be reinstated and return to competition in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.