On Wednesday, NASCAR announced a rule update to address Kevin Harvick’s concerns after a fire in his car at last weekend’s Southern 500 race.
The changes came after Harvick was very critical of NASCAR after flames engulfed the front of his car and ended his race at Darlington Raceway.
Here are the changes announced by NASCAR:
The side seal/plug must be installed between the rear of the front clamp cargo box and the top of the separation panel (location shown below). This seal should extend laterally to the width of the engine panel. This flap is designed to reduce the migration of garbage from the separator area. The lower front part of the right rear thrust panel should be cut off as indicated. The removed section must be replaced with a 14 gauge stainless steel panel. The steel panel must be installed inside the polymer panel. Using any connection adjustment available in the exhaust assembly, it is recommended to maximize the gap between the exhaust and the rocker floor.
Fans flocked to social media to praise Harvick for the new rules.
“Just think, if Harvick hadn’t gone on a tirade, this wouldn’t have happened, he’s the only reason for it,” one fan said.
“I’m glad they’re doing it, but it shouldn’t have been a big deal for these changes to happen,” another fan said.
All Cup teams must make changes before the race at Kansas Speedway, which will take place this weekend.