Crew chief says oth­ers cheated first

The Oklahoman - - SPORTS - BY JENNA FRYER

AVON­DALE, ARIZ. — Kevin Har­vick’s crew chief says Ste­wart-Haas Rac­ing mod­i­fied the spoiler on Har­vick’s car be­cause other teams were al­ready do­ing sim­i­lar al­ter­ations.

Rod­ney Childers is sus­pended for the fi­nal two races of the sea­son and work­ing at the race shop in North Carolina as Har­vick tries to over­come a dev­as­tat­ing penalty is­sued this week for what NASCAR de­ter­mined was a bla­tant case of cheat­ing.

Har­vick won last week­end at Texas. When the spoiler was re­moved from his No. 4 Ford dur­ing an ex­ten­sive in­spec­tion in North Carolina, NASCAR dis­cov­ered the part had been al­tered.

It is NASCAR’s be­lief that SHR built its own spoiler and tried to pass it off as one dis­trib­uted by the ven­dor. The spoiler was off­set to the right and NASCAR says it gave Har­vick an aero­dy­namic ad­van­tage.

SHR did not ap­peal the penalty and ac­knowl­edged “NASCAR de­ter­mined we ven­tured into an area not ac­com­mo­dated by its rule book.”

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In this Nov. 4 photo, Kevin Har­vick (4) passes David Starr dur­ing the race at Texas Mo­tor Speed­way in Fort Worth, Texas. Har­vick’s bid for a sec­ond NASCAR ti­tle suf­fered a mas­sive set­back when he was stripped of his berth in the cham­pi­onship race af­ter se­ries inspectors found his win­ning car from Texas Mo­tor Speed­way had been de­lib­er­ately al­tered to give him a per­for­mance ad­van­tage.

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