On Wednesday, NASCAR announced penalties to Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 4 Chevrolet team, driven by Kevin Harvick. The incident stems from bean bags getting into the footwell of the car in the first couple of laps of Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 At The Glen.
Those bean bags, used to help set up the car when the driver (Harvick) was not in the vehicle, constitute loose weight within the vehicle if they are left in the car for the race. That is a rules violation.
NASCAR has decreed that the loose bean bags are a P3-Level violation. Harvick will not lose any driver points, and the team will not lose any owners points. However, crew chief Rodney Childers has been fined $25,000 for the violation.
In their press release, NASCAR cited violations of multiple sections of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rule Book. Those sections included 12-1 (Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing), 12-4.3.1(c) (Unattached weight penalties constituting a P3-level penalty) and 20-2.3A (Any weight added to the car must be bolted inside the body shell in approved weight container and in a position acceptable to NASCAR officials).