NASCAR says it should “change the tradition” of its groups making an attempt to run unlawful vehicles in Cup Sequence races as it’s stepping into “borderline ridiculous territory” with post-race penalties.
Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick was hit with an L1 penalty on Wednesday that has thrown doubt on his championship problem.
The SHR driver’s victory at Texas is now encumbered, that means it can’t rely in the direction of a spot within the championship shootout, and the 40-point penalty leaves him with only a three-point buffer going into the ‘last 4’ decider at Phoenix this weekend.
Harvick’s penalty was because of a rear-spoiler infraction, and he was considered one of three drivers penalised this week.
“Now we have to vary the tradition. We won’t simply say ‘take that [illegal element] off’ as a result of ‘take that off’ clearly is not working anymore,” mentioned NASCAR senior vice chairman of competitors Scott Miller.
“Groups needs to be bringing authorized vehicles to the racetrack, and we should not should do these inspections on a regular basis.
“I feel we’re getting within the borderline ridiculous territory.”
Harvick’s 40-point punishment was significantly greater than the opposite drivers hit with penalties this week, as each Ryan Blaney and Daniel Suarez have been penalised with 20 factors misplaced for different technical infractions within the Texas race.
NASCAR says will probably be reviewing its strategies to discourage groups from pushing past accepted limits.
“We’re really taking a look at numerous various things within the low season regarding the deterrence mannequin,” mentioned Miller.
“We have heard the followers name out for, ‘Why do not you DQ [disqualify] the offending automotive?’ That is really a subject of debate, amongst with many different issues.
“Actually factors, the deterrence mannequin, fines, suspensions.
“That is all the time on our plates throughout the winter.”
Miller added that Harvick and his #four SHR workforce’s penalty was “as black and white because it will get”.
The #four Ford’s spoiler was offset barely to the proper in a transparent aerodynamic benefit driving into the corners, which was famous by a sequence inspector throughout the race weekend.
Miller mentioned that the spoilers come from a single-source provider and an inspection at NASCAR’s R&D Centre in North Carolina this week discovered SHR’s infraction.
“We imagine this to be a separate manufactured half by the workforce,” mentioned Miller.
“But when they might have modified an ordinary one, the penalty is identical.
Miller added that the spoiler on Harvick’s automotive was “completely, 100%, no query” not in compliance with NASCAR guidelines.
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