Monday, September 21, 2015

No Penalties for Kevin Harvick After Post-Race Confrontation with Jimmie Johnson

Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John's / Budweiser Chevrolet, sits on the track with a damaged car after an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 20, 2015 in Joliet, Illinois. (Sept. 19, 2015 - Source: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America)
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The incident, which occurred in the driver motor home lot after the race, stemmed from a restart in which Jimmie Johnson made contact with the right side of Kevin Harvick's car, cutting his right rear tire. The tire eventually went down, sending Harvick's No. 4 Chevrolet into the outside wall and resulting in a 42nd-place finish.

Johnson refused to take blame for the contact and attempted to discuss the incident with Harvick after the race in the motor home lot, but Harvick was having none of it. Immediately after walking out of the motor home, Harvick gave Johnson a jab in the chest and had to be restrained by business manager Josh Jones. As Harvick jawed away at the six-time champion, Johnson walked away shaking his head.

Despite the physical confrontation after the race, NASCAR officials confirmed to that neither driver would be penalized for the incident.

NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O'Donnell joined SiriusXM NASCAR radio's "The Morning Drive" to discuss the post-race confrontation, saying, "There won't be any penalties." (More at