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Kevin Harvick’s Crew Chief Suspended, Multiple Teams Penalized After Las Vegas Weekend

Kevin Harvick‘s crew chief Rodney Childers has been suspended from this weekend’s event at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday Oct. 3 after two loose lug nuts were found on the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford during post race inspection at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Childers will be replaced by crew chief veteran Greg Zipadelli. 

Childers has been fined $20,000 in addition to his suspension.

The No. 4 wasn’t the only Cup playoff team that was fined; the No. 5 of Kyle Larson and the No. 18 of Kyle Busch were also guilty of improperly installed lug nuts. They were both found to have one each. Ben Beshore of the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and Cliff Daniels were each fined $10,000. Busch and Larson finished third and 10th, respectively on Sunday night.

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Greg Zipadelli to Crew Chief for Kevin Harvick at Talladega

Future Trackhouse Racing teammates Daniel Suarez and Ross Chastain also both were caught with one loose lug nut each. Both the No. 99 team’s Travis Mack and the No. 42 of Phil Surgen were also fined $10,000 each.

Xfinity Series race winner Josh Berry was caught with one unsecure lug nut on the No. 1 Chevrolet that is usually driven by JR Motorsports driver Michael Annett. Crew chief Mike Bumgarner was fined $5,000.

South Point 400 Post-Race Penalty Report

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Dalton Hopkins began writing for Frontstretch in April 2021. Currently, he is the lead writer for the weekly Thinkin' Out Loud column and one of our lead reporters. Beforehand, he wrote for IMSA shortly after graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2019. Simultaneously, he also serves as a First Lieutenant in the US Army.

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Tom B

These fines and suspensions are way to excessive for the violations. On the other hand, you can intentionally wreck someone with no penalty at all.

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