There’s a huge controversy surrounding NASCAR with the Chase for the Sprint Cup on everyone’s mind. Ryan Newman believes Michael Waltrip Racing orchestrated a controversial sequence of events that led to his ouster from NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Newman was well on his way to making the 10-race playoff with a victory Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway.
That is, until Clint Bowyer spun out by himself with seven laps left.
Newman initially declined to comment on the possible funny business, but after getting more information said he believed MWR directly manipulated the outcome.
“It’s pretty obvious to me the decisions that were made and the communication led up to that,” he said. “What happened to me on Saturday night is the toughest thing I’ve ever gone through in any kind of racing in my 30 years of driving because of the way everything went down. In hindsight, it hurt that much more.”
In response to this, NASCAR has issued penalties to Michael Waltrip Racing following the sanctioning body’s review of Saturday’s race at Richmond International Raceway:
MWR was found to have violated Section 12-4 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing). As a result, MWR’s three teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (No. 15, 55, 56) have been penalized with the loss of 50 championship driver and 50 championship owner points, respectively.
NASCAR has also fined the MWR organization $300,000 and indefinitely suspended Ty Norris, MWR Executive Vice President/General Manager and spotter for the No. 55 car, for violating Section 12-4. The three crew chiefs – Brian Pattie (No. 15), Scott Miller (No. 55) and Chad Johnston (No. 56) – have all been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.
It comes as no surprise this isn’t the first time Michael Waltrip has been involved in a cheating scandal. In 2007, NASCAR inspectors found evidence in the engine manifold that Waltrip’s team had used an illegal fuel additive.