Kevin Harvick’s car fails postrace inspection

Kevin Harvick’s car fails postrace inspection

Bob Pockrass Sporting News

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The car of Kevin Harvick failed postrace inspection after he finished second in the first of two 150-mile Daytona 500 qualifying races Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway.

Instead of starting fifth in the Daytona 500, Harvick had to get in by owner points and will start 38th on Sunday.

His car exceeded the maximum split of separation in the track bar. Teams get 3 inches of split, and Harvick’s car had the proper measurements in prerace inspection. The more split there is, the more rear downforce a car could have.

“Everybody in the garage has adjusted their cars during the race, and it’s never been an issue afterward. … We need to figure that stuff out on our side and make sure we don’t put ourselves in this position again,” team competition director Greg Zipadelli said.

The infraction is considered a qualifying infraction and his penalty is the loss of starting position. No other penalties will be issued.