I guess not everything happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
At least not the post-race inspection report from the car Kevin Harvick raced in last week’s dominant victory in Las Vegas last weekend. Because that failing report made it back to NASCAR.
As a result, Harvick and his team were docked 20 points dropping him from first to third in the NASCAR Cup standings.
And apparently it was pretty obvious as during the race, several drivers and even some viewers noticed that the plastic rear window on Harvick’s Stewart-Haas Racing Ford was flexing at high speeds, leading some to speculate that the team was bending the rules to find a performance advantage. Yeah, they speculated right.
Harvick’s crew chief, Rodney Childers, later explained required rigid support brace for the window had broken, and that “it’s not something that we wanted to happen.”
Nevertheless, the failure meant the car was in violation of NASCAR’s regulations. The inspection also discovered that the #4 Ford Fusion had a steel right side rocker panel extension instead of aluminum, which is required by a recent rule change.
The Las Vegas win stands, but Harvick lost the seven playoff points that went with it, while Childers was fined $50,000 and car chief Robert Smith was suspended for two races.