Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/25/11
The uproar after Sunday's race has been focused on Trevor Bayne, in his Ford, hanging Jeff Gordon, in his Chevrolet, out to dry late in the race. After spending two days in the garage area leading up to Sunday's race, it became really clear to me the message was: The Fords were not to help another manufacturer in the race. It was even taken a step further: The Ford drivers were not to help a member of another manufacturer that was in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup. Do I blame team owner Jack Roush and the Ford camp for that? I absolutely do not, because, let's face it, it is crunch time. The championship is on the line. We are down to the final hours of the 2011 season. There are only four races left. So I totally support Roush mandating this. I truly, truly do. What had me scratching my head were the negotiations that went on between Bayne and Gordon prior to that last restart in the race. I just knew listening to it that it wasn't going to work because of the Ford mandate. S...
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