On Wednesday the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team (driver: Kevin Harvick) was fined by NASCCAR for a rules violation committed during Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. The No. 4 carried unapproved added weight when it started the race. The violation was considered a P3 level penalty, and as a result, crew chief Rodney Childers was fined $25,000.
Harvick started the race with a bean bag weight attached inside his car that was left from when his team was setting up the car. Harvick made an unscheduled pit stop early in the race so that the weight could be removed.
In its penalty announcement, NASCAR cited violations of seconds 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 20-2.3 (added car weight – A. Any weight added to the car must be bolted inside the body shell in an approved weight container and in a position acceptable to NASCAR officals. Added weight must be in block form of not less than five pound blocks — not pellets — and painted white with the car number or team identification permanently legible on it) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book.
Also on Wednesday, NASCAR issued a warning to the No. 98 Phil Parsons Racing Sprint Cup Series team (driver: Josh Wise) for an incident last Friday at Watkins Glen. the team was guilty of violating section 20-16.6 (Fuel filler cans — G. When adding or removing fuel to/from the car in the garage area, the car must be outside the garage structure).
No penalty was assessed to the No. 98 team.