Stewart-Haas Racing will not appeal the penalty handed to the No.4 team after the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“How many appeals have you seen been overturned?” team co-owner Tony Stewart said of the organization’s reasoning for declining to pursue the appeal.
Kevin Harvick won Sunday’s race at ISM Raceway without his car chief, Robert Smith. Smith was suspended for two weeks after NASCAR officials found a window brace had failed on the car in Las Vegas. The team was also penalized for not having the side skirt made of aluminum.
In addition to Smith’s suspension, crew chief Rodney Childers was fined $50,000 and the team lost 20 owner and driver points. Harvick was also stripped of the seven playoff points he earned for winning the race and the two stages at Las Vegas.
With his victory at ISM Raceway – his third straight – Harvick now leads the standings by 12 over Kyle Busch. And despite the post-Vegas penalty, he continues to have the most playoff points with 11.