NASCAR confirmed Wednesday (March 29) that the No. 4 Stewart-Haas racing team will no longer appeal its penalty for an unapproved track bar slider assembly at Phoenix International Raceway two weeks ago, removing crew chief Rodney Childers from atop the pit box.
The penalty was in the process of appeals during last Sunday’s event at Auto Club Speedway, meaning Childers was still allowed to act as driver Kevin Harvick‘s crew chief for the event.
Childers’ suspension for one event, a fine of $25,000 and loss of 10 driver/car owner points will be reinstated by NASCAR and an interim crew chief will serve in Childers’ place. SHR has not yet announced a replacement.
During his new radio program on Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio, Harvick commented on the penalty.
“Rodney’s a racer, he wants to be at the racetrack every week,” he said. “He’s obviously not too thrilled about not being at the racetrack this week. But sometimes that happens.”
Harvick and team will tackle Martinsville Speedway minus Childers, but in 31 career starts, the driver has amassed a win and 14 top-10 finishes.