Kevin Harvick: No penalties from final Talladega accident

Kevin Harvick: No penalties from final Talladega accident

NASCAR won’t penalize Kevin Harvick for intentionally bringing out the caution and manipulating the results of the race Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

Some competitors accused Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick of wrecking Trevor Bayne on purpose to draw a caution, freeze the field and end the race. Harvick denied any wrong intentions, saying his motor was failing in the closing laps. After the race on Sunday, NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton said they did not see anything “of suspect.”

The sanctioning body said in the statement it reviewed an “extensive amount of material” from the CampingWorld.com 500, “including video, team radio transmissions and downloadable data.”

As a result, the results of Sunday’s race stand, and the Chase standings remain official, with Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth being eliminated from title contention.

The statement also indicated there would be no further penalties stemming from infractions discovered throughout the weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Prior to qualifying on Saturday, NASCAR forced all four Stewart-Haas Racing teams to change the radiator inlet duct work after officials deemed they were not assembled correctly.