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Nascar Ford No. 4 Team Hit With Penalty After Talladega

A hefty penalty was assessed to the No. 4 Nascar Ford team and driver Kevin Harvick following the October 2nd race at Talladega Superspeedway, according to a report from Nascar.

The No. 4 Nascar Ford Mustang was one of two race cars taken back to Nascar’s Research and Development center for inspection following Sunday’s Cup Series race at Talladega. Harvick’s No. 4 team incurred an L2-level penalty as a result of unapproved modifications to a single-source part, which was discovered during a teardown of the vehicle. The infraction falls under Sections 14.1, which deals with vehicle assembly, and 14.5, which deals with the vehicle body, in the Nascar rulebook. Nascar did not disclose specifics regarding which parts were found to be in violation of its guidelines.

Harvick’s No. 4 Nascar Ford team was hit with a 100-point penalty, and crew chief Rodney Childers was fined $100,000 and suspended from the next four Cup Series races. There are five races left in the 2022 season, meaning Childers will be eligible to return to the pit box for the finale race at Phoenix on November 6th.

Harvick was eliminated from the Playoffs after the Round of 16 concluded at Bristol Motor Speedway a few weeks ago after wrecking out at Darlington and again at Kansas. Harvick had previously raced the No. 4 Nascar Ford into the Playoffs by winning at Michigan and then at Richmond just one week later. While he is no longer eligible for championship contention, the penalties will effectively place him 16th in the Playoffs, or dead last.

Earlier this year, the No. 6 Nascar Ford of Brad Keselowski was also hit with an L2-level penalty for unapproved modifications to a single-source part. Keselowski later revealed that his team had repaired and reused a tail panel after it had been damaged in a previous race, and while Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing attempted to appeal the penalty, they ultimately lost.

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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Comments

  1. Thurston Munn

    Payback back by Nascar for Harvick complaining about crappy parts and cars per Nascar’s specifications.

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    1. Robert.Walter

      Pretty sad that you confuse accountability with payback.

      Reply
  2. Tim

    And this is how to cripple the “great American race” to something no one cares about. It so obvious who nascar wants to win manufacture this year.

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    1. Robert.Walter

      Yeah, teams that don’t cheat.

      Reply
  3. Andrew

    NASCAR seems to like to weiled a sledge hammer when it comes to even minor infractions. It should only worry about driver safety elements inside the car and let the team’s really race!!

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    1. Robert.Walter

      Cheating is cheating.

      Racing is racing.

      It’s a very simple concept of fair play and honor that seems to be lost on you.

      Pity.

      Reply
  4. CHARLES STEMPLE

    They went after them due to the fact he called them out for the crappo cars they drive. Hambone walked back his comments they left him alone. Gibbs probably told him to do that.

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    1. Robert.Walter

      Sure sure.

      Reply
  5. Bob Dobson

    Interesting how Bubba Wallace’s vehicle never seems to get the same attention…..hmmmm must just be coincidence.

    Reply
    1. Robert.Walter

      Stop being racist.

      Reply
  6. Ford500guy

    Another good reason to bring in other brand teams (i.e. Dodge, Nissan etc) to take the heat off the Ford teams so Chuvie don’t win the cup again… It’s no wonder the NASTYCAR moniker fits now more than ever…

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  7. Giant Sucking Sound

    Like a lot of the comments, I too think this is all about payback for speaking out about how dangerous and what a POS this car is. I guess someone will have to be killed before NASCAR will do anything about it.

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    1. Robert.Walter

      But the modifications he made were not to make the field safer, they were made to win.

      If he was serious about safety, he would organize a drivers conference or strike to force corporate NASCAR to take action.

      When you do it for yourself you are just a self centered sociopath, cheat, or maybe both.

      No sound sucks more than fanboys defending a cheat with junior high rationalizations and conspiracies.

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      1. Jay D Meurer

        So Robert, What did he do to the car? You seem to know that it was for a win and not safety!

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        1. Robert.Walter

          If he had a safety proposal the team would have publicized and shared it.

          One doesn’t keep safety hidden.

          One keeps cheating hidden, and if it wasn’t for safety, what was it for? Surely not to impress the fanbois because it was hidden.

          Regardless of motivation or goal, it was a hidden unallowed change.

          FA&FO is the operative sequence here.

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