posted on Mar, 13 2005 @ 03:31 AM
Kevin Harvick became the first driver penalized under a new rule that states that teams must qualify with a full tank of gas.
The new rule prevents teams from employing the old practice of using just a few gallons to qualify. The rule was stamped on official race entry blanks
for the 2005 season.
Harvick qualified fourth on Friday at Las Vegas, but his time was nullified after NASCAR officials found his car to hold just 18 gallons of gas --
short of the 22 required.
NASCAR checks the fuel cell both before and after qualifying.
"The vent line was blocked, and the fuel filler was blocked so fuel flowed into the vent line, making the fuel cell appear it was full," said Nextel
Cup Series Director John Darby.
As a result, Harvick will have to start Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 in 42nd spot, and Richard Childress Racing faces penalties for the