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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 lead. Newman was able to get to third but couldn't get the win. Gordon couldn't get past any cars on the restart and Logano made up a couple of points, which gave Logano the last spot over Gordon by 1 point. So thanks to Bowyer's spin, Truex and Logano were in, Gordon and Newman were out. So did he do it on purpose to help Truex? Rusty Wallace and Ray Evernham both said on ESPN that they thought he did. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was right behind him when it happened and he said "I've never seen anything like it." He said Bowyer was hitting the breaks and playing with the throttle and Junior had no idea what he was doing before he spun. Bowyer's in-car radio was very suspicious as well. Someone from his team was heard saying "the 39 (Newman) is gonna win the race. Well that kinda sucks." They knew that meant their teammate was out. Someone was heard asking him "is your arm getting tired...is it getting hot in there. ..is the engine hot?" The implication was clear. They needed Bowyer to cause a caution, and soon after you could see him spinning the wheel hard as his car spun out. Bowyer was asked about it after the race and denied everything. He tried to act disappointed that they had a bad night, but they were in the Chase regardless. He even accused Junior of getting into him, which clearly did not happen. It was a shady move that changed the season for 4 teams. Truex and Logano still have a chance at the title. Newman and Gordon are done. Newman, remember, was let go from Stewart-Haas effective at the end of the year and is looking for a ride for next year. Making a run in the Chase would have helped him significantly, and Bowyer took that away. While Bowyer's motivation was to get his teammate in, he probably also got a little satisfaction from knocking Gordon out. Remember last season, Gordon put Bowyer into the wall in the second-to-last race of the season, ending Bowyer's championship hopes, and also igniting a brawl. He never retaliated on the track this season as many expected he might, but he got the ultimate revenge by ending Gordon's Chase hopes. There will be some happy teams and some angry teams heading to Chicago next week for the first race of the Chase. We may not have heard the last of this incident.
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