Mike Harmon Racing Respond After NASCAR Imposes a Huge Penalty on Them for Violating the Rules

Published 11/23/2021, 3:03 AM EST


It’s true that at the end of every season, no matter how well or poorly a team performed, their tally is reset for the next season. However, for the 2022 season of the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Mike Harmon Racing won’t be starting at the same level as other teams, and not in a good way.

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The team was found to do unauthorized ‘testing’ of their NASCAR vehicle, in violation of Sections 5.1 A, C & D of the NASCAR rulebook. These sections basically prohibit any NASCAR team for their car to be testing, practicing, qualifying, or racing other than in a NASCAR Series event.

Violation of these rules can have serious consequences which MHR now faces.

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They will begin their 2022 season with a 75 point deficit in both championships. Along with that, crew chief Ryan Bell got a $50,000 penalty and an exclusion from at least six races.

Mike Harmon Racing will appeal

Team Owner Mike Harmon explained they had ‘no earthly idea’ that taking part in a charity event will lead them to this reality. He revealed his surprise when a NASCAR Official communicated the penalties his team will face.

“It just dumbfounded me. I thought he (NASCAR official) was joking. I seriously thought he was just picking on me when he called,” Harmon said to Kickin’ the Tires.

Harmon also revealed that they will ‘absolutely’ appeal this decision from NASCAR. The team owner also put up a note on the team’s official social media accounts.

Harmon emphasized that the reason for which they apparently broke the rules is ‘a joke’.

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That it has no connection with their intentions or the circumstances of their participation in the event. He explained that when they can’t even afford to race, how can they afford to test?

“We were there with a generator to prime the oil and a jack to change tires if we had a flat. We didn’t have nothing there to test with.”

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For a team of the size and stature of MHR, NASCAR’s decision could seriously harm them. Team Owner and driver Mike Harmon will hope that NASCAR repeals the judgement and the penalty, so they compete fairly in the Xfinity Series in 2022.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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