Found September 08, 2013 on The Hot Read:
Clint Bowyer's spin to bring out a caution with 9 laps to go at Richmond changed the entire season for several drivers, and some think he did it intentionally. In the last race before the Chase begins next week, several teams were fighting for the last few spots. Jeff Gordon had rallied from two laps down to 8th place and had a two point lead on Joey Logano for the 10th and final points position. Ryan Newman had to win to top Martin Truex Jr to take the last wild card spot. He had charged to the front and appeared to have the race won. Truex needed help if he was going to make it in, and he got it from his teammate. Bowyer's spin brought out the caution and everything changed. All the leaders came into the pits, and with a variety of pit strategies and a poor pit stop from Newman's team, Newman came out fifth. The caution also allowed Logano to make up ground on a few cars he had no chance to pass otherwise. With three laps to go, Carl Edwards charged to the lea...
  • This was blatant cheating and unless NASCAR remedies the situation the whole Sprint Cup Chase will be tainted.

    This was a clear and unmistakable attempt to influence the championship of a major professional sport. This is the NASCAR equivalent of the Black Sox World Series scandal. The punishments should fit the magnitude of this offense.

    Bowyer should be fined and suspended for the remainder of the season. He should be stripped of his 2013 Chase berth as being unworthy of championship consideration. He should also be barred from ever being considered for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

    Michael Waltrip Racing, which had a major fine for cheating in 2007, should be fined, should have Truex removed from the Chase field and have its teams barred from the Sprint Cup Chase for two years. Any MWR employee involved in urging Bowyer to spin his car should be suspended for a year and should be barred from Hall of Fame consideration.

    The two MWR vacated spots in the Chase field should be given to Newman and Gordon who would in all likelihood have secured berths. Removing the two MWR cars would not penalize Logano who won a spot through no fault of his own.

    NASCAR claims to be a big time sport. Let's see if it acts like it in response to this obvious attempt to unfairly influence its championship.
  • I think clint boyer should get a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Even Dale Jr noticed suspicion the way he was driving.boyer had nothin to worry about he was locked in the Chase.if nascar does nothing about this who knows what will happen in the future
  • Boyer should be out of the Chase, he like his team and owner are cheaters and caught, fined again. NASCAR got it partially right but they didn't touch Boyer... Sad day must be the new people hired from the WWF working at MWR.

Did Bowyer spin out on purpose to help teammate?

getty Clint Bowyer had a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase spot sewn up before Richmond began but it is what he did in the closing laps of Saturday’s race that has everyone raising their eyebrows. Bowyer’s teammate  Martin Truex was outside of a Chase spot when Bowyer’s No. 15 car spun around. It could have been a accidental spin but in car audio prior to it consisted of radio...

NASCAR at Richmond 2013: Race Weekend Schedule, Start Time, Qualifying, TV and Weather Info

NASCAR heads to Richmond International Raceway this weekend.  The Nationwide Virginia 529 College Savings 250 will run on Friday, September 6 while the Sprint Cup series Federated Auto Parts 500 will run Saturday evening, September 7. The Camping World Truck series is at Iowa Speedway this weekend, for the Fan Appreciation 200, which will run on Sunday, September 9 in the afternoon...

Ryan Newman named to drive RCR No. 31 car

Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America Ryan Newman has been named as the driver of the No. 31 car for Richard Childress Racing in 2014. Newman has 17 wins in NASCAR’s top series including one at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. The 35-year-old Newman had been driving the No. 39 car at Stewart Haas Racing since 2009 but was jettisoned to make room for Kevin Harvick. Later...

NASCAR puts Ryan Newman in the Chase, what about Jeff Gordon?

NASCAR got it half right today. They announced significant penalties today for Michael Waltrip Racing as a result of Clint Bowyer's suspicious spin Sunday. After listening to the audio from the teams of Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers, they determined that MWR manipulated the outcome of the race in order to get Martin Truex Jr. into the Chase. The penalties now take him out...

Statement: Newman looking forward to NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase

Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America Ryan Newman released the following statement after NASCAR penalized Martin Truex Jr. 50 points,  knocking him out of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Chase, giving Newman the second Wild Card Spot in the Chase. “I am proud that NASCAR took a stand with respect to what went on Saturday night at Richmond, I know it was a tough decision to make...

Gordon speeds to Richmond pole win

Jeff Gordon will try to race his way into NASCAR's playoffs from the pole position. The four-time series champion turned a track-record qualifying lap of 130.599 mph at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night to win his 73rd career pole position, and his first this season. ''I can breathe now,'' Gordon joked after seeing the time hold up. His lap pushed...

NASCAR hits MWR with heavy penalty

Martin Truex Jr. is out of the Chase for the Sprint Cup and Ryan Newman is in following a decision by NASCAR to penalize Michael Waltrip Racing for late-race actions the team to took to alter the outcome of Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. NASCAR also hit the team with a $300,000 fine, the largest monetary penalty in the sanctioning...

NASCAR: Wild ending at Richmond sets Chase field for 2013

Richmond, VA- What an ending for Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. With seven laps to go Ryan Newman was leading, Martin Truex Jr. was seventh, Jeff Gordon was eighth and Joey Logano was 25th. Because of that Newman held the second wildcard Chase spot, knocking Truex out. Meanwhile, Gordon held the final automatic spot to make it...

Breaking: NASCAR boots Martin Truex Jr. from Chase; Ryan Newman in

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...

Race Notes: Federated Auto Parts 400

It all comes down to this. This is the last race before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins. There are six drivers in the top-10 who have locked themselves into the Chase and one wildcard has been locked down. Those lucky drivers are Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick,[...]

Sprint Cup Series Driver Standings After 26 of 36 Races

The regular season is over and Carl Edwards leads the points prior to the reorder for the start of the Chase. He won Saturday night and took a one point lead over Jimmie Johnson. Clint Bowyer (-13), Kevin Harvick (-14), and Kyle Busch (-31) round out the top-5. When they[...]
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