After a thrilling finish in Sunday’s YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR disqualified the second-place car driven by Kevin Harvick, saying it failed post-race inspection.
NASCAR ruled the Stewart-Haas Racing Ford violated the sections of the rulebook governing the windshield and overall assembled vehicle rules. The windshield fasteners on Harvick’s Ford weren’t secure. The disqualification relegated Harvick to last in the 38-car field.
Harvick’s disqualification came about two hours after his narrow loss to Ryan Blaney.
All of the other cars passed post-race inspection. However, NASCAR is taking four cars to its Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., to check engines from all of the Cup Series engine builders. Those going to the R&D Center’s engine dynamometer are the No. 24 (Hendrick Engines); the No. 11 (TRD); the No. 31 (ECR); and the No. 41 (Roush Yates Engines).
Stewart-Haas Racing issued the following response to the penalty on Monday afternoon:
At the completion of the race, not all of our windshield fasteners were secure, as we had bolts that hold the windshield in place back out over the course of the 500 miles. We are in the process of diagnosing why this happened and how to prevent it moving forward.
“We are disappointed in NASCAR’s decision to disqualify our racecar and the hard-earned finish by our driver and team, but we will not appeal. Our complete focus is on the remaining races on this year’s schedule.”