NASCAR has handed Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Chevrolet team a P3 penalty following an infraction at the Brickyard 400 in which Harvick’s lugnuts on the tires of his Stewart-Haas Racing entry weren’t properly installed when inspected by NASCAR.
Crew Chief Rodney Childers was fined $20k and suspended a race for the infraction, as he will not be at the Pocono Raceway this weekend as a result.
According to the NASCAR rule book, the No. 4 team violated Section 12.1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and Section 10.11.3.4 (pit-road equipment) for lug nuts not being properly installed during post-race inspection.
Childers is now the fifth crew chief to be suspended for a lug nut violation so far this season.
Teams of Kasey Kahne, Paul Menard and Matt DiBenedetto received written warnings after failing NASCAR’s pre-race laser inspection twice.
The No. 41 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet team of Kurt Busch and Aric Almirola’s No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford squad also received written warnings for failing pre-qualifying template inspection twice.