Harvick fined $35,000 over fracas

NASCAR has handed out a stiff punishment to driver Kevin Harvick and five members of his pit crew for the post-race fracas with veteran racer Ricky Rudd after Saturday night's Richmond Winston Cup event

Harvick fined $35,000 over fracas

Harvick, who drives a Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, was fined $35,000 and placed on probation until December 31 for his role in the post-race incident. He was cited for actions detrimental to stock car racing, hitting another competitor's car on pit road after the completion of the race and use of improper language.

Todd Berrier, Harvick's crew chief, was fined $10,000 for actions detrimental to stock car racing and the rule where the crew chief assumes responsibility for the actions of his driver, car owner and team members. Two crew members, Mike Scearce and Gene Pasquale (who was found guilty of throwing an object at another competitor), were suspended from NASCAR competition until September 17, placed on probation until December 31 and fined $5,000. A further two of Harvick's pit crew, Kirk Almquist and Ken Barber, were placed on probation until Dec. 31 and fined $2,500.

Pat Tryson, crew chief for Rudd's Wood Bros' Racing Ford, was issued a $5,000 fine for use of improper language.

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