Won’t be penalized: Kevin Harvick Talladega

Published: October 27, 2015

Won’t be penalized: Kevin Harvick Talladega, NASCAR has determined Kevin Harvick did nothing wrong at the end of Sunday’s Talladega Superspeedway race after a further review.

Officials reviewed video, team radio transmissions and downloadable data from the car and determined the race results are official, the sanctioning body said Tuesday.

The defending champion’s actions were openly questioned immediately after the race by at least four drivers who said he intentionally caused a race-ending crash to preserve his spot in the next round of NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff.

The No. 4 car’s engine was expiring – Harvick had radioed his crew with about 40 laps to go that he thought the engine was going – and Harvick was about to lose enough positions that it would knock him out of the Chase on a green-white-checkered overtime restart. Harvick claimed he was trying to get out of the way when he made a right turn up the track and bumped into the side of Trevor Bayne’s car on the restart, sending that car spinning and creating a multi-car pileup.

Bayne, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and David Gilliland were among those who said Harvick acted intentionally, and there was a social media outcry based on the replay, in-car camera and radio chatter just before the crash. Kenseth and Hamlin also were vying for spots in the next round, but were caught up in the crash and eliminated from title contention.

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