Harvick has to forfeit his playoff points

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kevin Harvick has been stripped of the playoff points he earned for winning at Las Vegas because of violations discovered on his Ford.

NASCAR ruled on Wednesday that Harvick's No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team violated the rule requiring rear window support braces holding the rear window glass rigid, as well as a rule requiring the right side rocker panel extension to be aluminum.

The penalty is the loss of the seven playoff points Harvick earned for winning Sunday's race and both stages.

Harvick now has six playoff points instead of the 13 he had originally earned through three races this season.

Crew chief Rodney Childers was fined $50,000, and car chief Robert Smith was also suspended two races.

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