NASCAR Disqualifies Kevin Harvick's Runner-Up Car Following Race

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NASCAR Disqualifies Kevin Harvick’s Runner-Up Car Following Race

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — Kevin Harvick’s runner-up finish to winner Ryan Blaney at Talladega Superspeedway was disqualified after post-race inspection on Sunday. NASCAR cited the failure of windshield fasteners on Harvick’s car, breaching Cup Rulebook sections 14.5.6.2.F, 14.1.E, and 14.1.P, which require secure fastening of windshield components throughout the event.

Crew chief Rodney Childers responded to the disqualification on Twitter, explaining the situation: “Today got DQ’d for the car buffering in the draft all day and some windshield bolts vibrating out. My guys had silicon on the threads and gobbed on the tip. Still came out. Not sure what else we could do.”

As a result of the disqualification, Harvick was listed as finishing last in Sunday’s race, despite crossing the finish line just .012 seconds behind Blaney. Harvick expressed his disappointment, saying, “We needed one more push.”

Blaney secured the victory with a push from William Byron in Turn 3, leaving Harvick behind in the tri-oval. A crash at the finish was triggered when Riley Herbst, who had been pushing Harvick, got turned into Chase Elliott by Corey LaJoie. This incident occurred after Harvick and Blaney ran side by side through the tri-oval.

Harvick’s disqualification adds to his frustrating playoffs, where he previously had strong performances but encountered setbacks, including a pit road penalty in the Southern 500 and elimination from the playoffs after the first round.

Reference

https://www.on3.com/pro/news/kevin-harvick-disqualified-for-windshield-violation-after-runner-up-finish-at-talladega/

https://www.racingamerica.com/news/nasc

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