Kevin Harvick's crew chief says brace failure led to bowed rear window

There has been a lot of talk this week surrounding the rear window of Kevin Harvick's winning car from Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Kevin Harvick's crew chief says brace failure led to bowed rear window
Race winner Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford
Rodney Childers, Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Jimmy John's celebrates his win
Race winner Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford
Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Jimmy John's, Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Credit One Bank and Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Pennzoil
Race winner Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford
Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Jimmy John's
Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Fusion and crew chief Rodney Childers
Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Jimmy John's, Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Pennzoil

The car, which led 214 of 267 laps and swept the stages at LVMS, appeared to have an abnormal bend in the rear window and surrounding roof area when running at speed.

It did not go unnoticed with Chase Elliott and crew chief Alan Gustafson speaking about it over the No. 9 radio during the race. "When he's up to speed, that thing pushes down -- I don't know -- two, three inches," said Gustafson. Elliott acknowledged that he could see it too.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. touched on it during the 'Dale Jr. Download' on Dirty Mo Radio earlier this week.

"The roof of the car seems to have some kind of deflection," he said. "It's something at speed that seems to be altering the shape of the roof. If they are actually doing something that pops back into place when the race is over, it's pretty incredible to be honest with you."

Brad Keselowski also gave his take on FS1's NASCAR Race Hub, saying, "Well I can tell you that it doesn't make the car run worse and at this time, there is not a rule against what we see here."

Childers explains

Finally, crew chief Rodney Childers had his say on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, attempting to clarify what was going in the area in question.

"It's funny to me to read that stuff. It's like everybody thinks I'm a genius and we just all of a sudden made this happen on its own," he quipped. "Basically, we had a rear window brace fail. You know, NASCAR mandates that we run a certain T-bar in the back glass and that T-bar is actually pretty strong ... The center brace that holds that T-bar is what bent and failed and the T-bar ends up being stronger than the back of the roof at that point and it pulled the roof down.

"It's not something that we wanted to happen," he added. "You definitely don't want the back of the roof sharp. You want the back of the roof round and you want that to be a smooth transition. I think everybody thinks that it helped. I would suggest that it probably didn't help. The car was plenty fast enough before that happened and I think everybody in the garage knows that."

Childers doesn't expect NASCAR to get involved in the issue, saying it's a simple matter of fixing it to ensure it doesn't happen again.

shares
comments
NASCAR Roundtable: Taking a look at 2018's pit gun issues

Previous article

NASCAR Roundtable: Taking a look at 2018's pit gun issues

Next article

NASCAR hits Harvick with L1 penalty for rear window issue

NASCAR hits Harvick with L1 penalty for rear window issue
Load comments
From the archive: Dale Earnhardt’s final Autosport interview Prime

From the archive: Dale Earnhardt’s final Autosport interview

The death of Dale Earnhardt in the 2001 Daytona 500 shocked NASCAR to the core. At the Daytona 24 Hours, two weeks before his fatal accident, ‘The Intimidator’ shared his expectations of challenging for an eighth Cup title with JONATHAN INGRAM, in an article first published in the 15 February 2001 issue of Autosport magazine. Little did we know then what tragedy would unfold…

NASCAR Cup
Feb 18, 2021
The lasting NASCAR legacy after Dale Earnhardt’s death Prime

The lasting NASCAR legacy after Dale Earnhardt’s death

On February 18, 2001, seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Dale Earnhardt – the fearless ‘Intimidator’ – was in his element at Daytona International Speedway. While his own DEI team’s cars ran 1-2 towards the finish line, his famed #3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo was playing rear gunner to block any late runs from the chasing pack. As the cars tore through Turns 3 and 4 on that fateful final lap, Earnhardt maintained the strongarm tactics that encapsulated his persona… but his actions in those moments sadly proved to be his last.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 18, 2021
Inspired by Pitbull, the “revolution” sweeping through NASCAR Prime

Inspired by Pitbull, the “revolution” sweeping through NASCAR

The NASCAR Cup Series is changing. Whether it be the gradual morphing out the seasoned drivers of yesterday as the next generation step up, a radical calendar shake-up featuring more road courses than ever before and the prospect of an all-new car on the horizon, stock car racing’s highest level is nearing the end of a huge facelift.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 16, 2021
The NASCAR storylines to watch out for in 2021 Prime

The NASCAR storylines to watch out for in 2021

This weekend's Daytona 500 kickstarts a NASCAR Cup season that promises plenty of intrigue courtesy of new owners and a refreshed calendar. Here's what you need to know ahead of the new season…

NASCAR Cup
Feb 13, 2021
Why Kyle Larson can't blow his big shot at redemption Prime

Why Kyle Larson can't blow his big shot at redemption

From a disgraced NASCAR exile, Kyle Larson has been given a chance of redemption by the powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports squad. Effectively replacing seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson is no easy billing, but Larson has every intention of repaying the team's faith...

NASCAR Cup
Feb 11, 2021
Why Roger Penske is an American motorsport icon Prime

Why Roger Penske is an American motorsport icon

In this exclusive one-on-one interview, Roger Penske reveals the inner drive that has made him not only a hugely successful team owner and businessman but also the owner of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar. He spoke to David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Dec 28, 2020
Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started Prime

Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started

Chase Elliott's late charge to the 2020 NASCAR Cup title defied predictions that it would be a Kevin Harvick versus Denny Hamlin showdown. While the two veterans are showing no signs of slowing down, Elliott's triumph was a window into NASCAR's future…

NASCAR Cup
Nov 18, 2020
Why Kyle Larson deserves his second chance in a cancel culture Prime

Why Kyle Larson deserves his second chance in a cancel culture

“You can’t hear me? Hey n*****” Those fateful words uttered by Kyle Larson, spoken into his esports headset on April 12, were directed at his sim racing spotter – but instead they quickly became amplified around the world via social media, including his own Twitch stream.

NASCAR Cup
Oct 29, 2020