Report: Stewart-Haas Racing drops appeal for Phoenix infraction

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Stewart-Haas Racing has dropped its appeal of a penalty at Phoenix Raceway, NASCAR.com reported Tuesday night.

NASCAR.com reported that the Appeals Commission confirmed the team had withdrawn its request for an appeal.

That means crew chief Rodney Childers will serve his one-race suspension this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. The team has not stated who will fill in for Childers.

NASCAR penalized the team for a track bar slider assembly that was not approved. The infraction was discovered after the Phoenix race. NASCAR docked Harvick and the team 10 points each, suspended Childers one race and fined him $25,000. NASCAR also ruled that Harvick’s finish was encumbered.

Harvick explained on his SiriusXM NASCAR Radio show “Happy Hours” Tuesday night what the issue was.

“Basically, we got in trouble for a part that was drawn a certain way and didn’t appear that way on the car,” Harvick said. “The way NASCAR works now is you submit drawings for pretty much every part on the car and it has to meet those specifications and that part didn’t.”

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