Kenseth, Harvick fined for antics
late in Sunday's Pocono race
Points aren't part of NASCAR penalities
By JIM UTTER
Nextel Cup drivers Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth were each fined $25,000 by NASCAR and placed on probation until Aug. 11 for bumping incidents between the two during the final laps of Sunday's Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.
Harvick, driver of the No. 29 Chevrolet, and Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 Ford, took part in bumping and spinning out each other during the final caution period of the race, which extended from Lap 197 to 200.
Both drivers were penalized for involvement in an altercation with another competitor during a caution period.
The rift began 11 laps from the finish when Harvick passed Kenseth coming out of Turn 1 and cut in front of Kenseth's car. Kenseth then used the front of his car to lift Harvick's rear wheels and passed him again as the final caution came out.
While the race was under caution, Harvick spun Kenseth into the infield in Turn 3 on lap 197. At the time, no penalties were assessed or drivers or crew chiefs called to the NASCAR hauler.
Kenseth then returned the favor on the backstretch on the following lap, after which NASCAR called both drivers and crew chiefs to the hauler after the race.