Monday, September 9 2013, 11:14 PM EDT
NASCAR Penalizes Waltrip Racing, Changing Chase Lineup
NASCAR brought the hammer down on Michael Waltrip racing Monday night... big time. A $300,000 fine, but more importantly all three of Waltrip's teams lose 50 points... which knocks Clint Bowyer down to 12th place in the standings, and knocking Martin Truex, Junior out of the chase for the championship.
NASCAR reviewed the video of Saturday night's race in Richmond, and determined that Bowyer, who drives Waltrip's number 56 car, intentionally spun out.... following orders, or at least suggestions... in an attempt to manipulate the outcome of the race.
Ryan Newman was leading with seven laps left... he HAD to win to get a spot in the chase.
Bowyer spin brought out a caution flag and set up a restart, setting in motion a chain of events that ultimately led to Newman losing the race and Truex getting the final Chase berth.
The penalty moves Truex down to 17th place, and moves Newman up to 12th, giving him the final spot in the 12-man Chase for the Championship.
NASCAR also said there was more evidence to suggest that Bowyer and Brian Vickers, Waltrip's other driver, took a dive over the final three laps to assure that Joey Logano would knock Jeff Gordon out of Chase contention in yet another attempt to help Truex.
Mike Helton, the NASCAR president, said "we penalize to notT have this happen again. It's a message from the league saying you can't do this."By Darrell Patterson
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