UPDATE: Statement from Greg Zipadelli, chief competition officer for Stewart-Haas Racing, regarding the penalty NASCAR levied against the No. 4 NASCAR Cup Series team following the YellaWood 500 last Sunday at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
“At the completion of the race, not all of our windshield fasteners were secure, as we had bolts that hold the windshield in place back out over the course of the 500 miles. We are in the process of diagnosing why this happened and how to prevent it moving forward.
“We are disappointed in NASCAR’s decision to disqualify our racecar and the hard-earned finish by our driver and team, but we will not appeal. Our complete focus is on the remaining races on this year’s schedule.”
— Stewart-Haas Racing —
ORIGINAL POST 10-2-2023: Inspection is complete following the YellaWood 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.
#4-Kevin Harvick was disqualified for violating NASCAR Rule Book number 184.108.40.206.F Windshield [Windshield fasteners must remain secure for the entire Event.] and 14.1.E&P Overall Assembled Vehicle Rules [E. Except in cases explicitly permitted in the NASCAR Rules, parts and/or assemblies must be assembled and utilized as outlined in the NASCAR Rules. P. All fasteners must be securely fastened at all times during an Event.]
There were no issues for #12-Ryan Blaney. He is officially the winner.
Cars returning to the R&D Center for engine dyno: #24-William Byron (Hendrick), #11-Denny Hamlin (TRD), #31-Justin Haley (ECR), #41-Ryan Preece (RYE).