NASCAR Cup
NASCAR Cup
17 May
-
17 May
Event finished
20 May
-
20 May
Event finished
23 May
-
24 May
Event finished
27 May
-
28 May
Event finished
31 May
-
31 May
Event finished
07 Jun
-
07 Jun
Race in
5 days
10 Jun
-
10 Jun
Next event in
7 days
14 Jun
-
14 Jun
Next event in
11 days
R
Talladega
21 Jun
-
21 Jun
Next event in
18 days
R
26 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
23 days
R
Indianapolis
03 Jul
-
05 Jul
Next event in
30 days
R
Kentucky
09 Jul
-
11 Jul
Next event in
36 days
R
17 Jul
-
19 Jul
Next event in
44 days
R
Michigan II
07 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
65 days
R
Watkins Glen
14 Aug
-
16 Aug
Next event in
72 days
R
Dover II
21 Aug
-
23 Aug
Next event in
79 days
R
Daytona II
27 Aug
-
29 Aug
Next event in
85 days
R
Darlington III
06 Sep
-
06 Sep
Next event in
95 days
R
Richmond II
10 Sep
-
12 Sep
Next event in
99 days
R
Bristol II
17 Sep
-
19 Sep
Next event in
106 days
R
Las Vegas II
25 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
114 days
R
Talladega II
02 Oct
-
04 Oct
Next event in
121 days
R
Charlotte III
09 Oct
-
11 Oct
Next event in
128 days
R
Kansas II
16 Oct
-
18 Oct
Next event in
135 days
R
Texas II
23 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
142 days
R
Martinsville II
30 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
149 days
R
Phoenix II
06 Nov
-
08 Nov
Next event in
156 days

NASCAR admits it should have penalized Harvick at Texas

shares
comments
NASCAR admits it should have penalized Harvick at Texas
By:
Apr 9, 2018, 5:44 PM

NASCAR admits it should have penalized Kevin Harvick during one of the pitstops that the Stewart-Haas Racing driver branded "pathetic" in Sunday's Texas Cup race.

Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Busch Light
Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Busch Light
Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Busch Beer
Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Busch Light
Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Busch Light
Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Harvick finished second to Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch, and was hampered by multiple botched pit stops after dominating the opening stage.

The first problem was a lug nut that got jammed in the jack, dropping him down to ninth. Seven laps later he was forced to return to pit road with a loose wheel that put him a lap down on the field. 

Harvick was handed a reprieve when Denny Hamlin triggered a large pile-up with Aric Almirola but, in a late stop with 44 laps to go, Harvick's pit crew dropped a wheel that was expected to trigger an uncontrolled tire penalty.

The SHR driver was not penalized, despite Ryan Blaney being punished for a similar offense, and NASCAR has since admitted it made the wrong call.

NASCAR's senior vice president of competition, Scott Miller said: "It was a judgement call and, after conducting a post-race review of the incident, an uncontrolled tyre penalty for the #4 car would have been correct. We missed that call."

Harvick said his pit road experiences were "pathetic", and that he and SHR have raised the problem with NASCAR.

NASCAR had previously called an investigation into new-for-2018 pit guns after a string of failures at Atlanta, and told Motorsport.com it had added a whip hose to connect guns to hoses in response to those issues.

It said that had “helped alleviate some of the issues we were seeing at Atlanta” but the problem has continued in subsequent races.

NASCAR added that it was still investigating whether Harvick’s crew had any problems, with SHR competition director Greg Zipadelli uncertain the team had an issue with the gun.

Next article
NASCAR takes six Cup cars to wind tunnel for aero testing

Previous article

NASCAR takes six Cup cars to wind tunnel for aero testing

Next article

Kyle Busch relieved to see this season's hard work rewarded

Kyle Busch relieved to see this season's hard work rewarded
Load comments

About this article

Series NASCAR Cup
Event Texas
Location Texas Motor Speedway
Drivers Kevin Harvick
Teams Stewart-Haas Racing
Author Tom Errington