Rick Hendrick said he'd never seen the NASCAR brass reverse an important ruling during his 30-plus years in the sport.
But NASCAR's most successful team owner found plenty to like in the move, which restored driver Jeff Gordon to the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship after he failed to qualify in last week's scandal-plagued race at Richmond.
''I didn't have to make that decision, but I sure felt like it was obvious that (Gordon) got taken out by a manipulation instead of getting beat,'' Hendrick said Sunday. ''I think the world knew it and they had to do what they did.''
NASCAR chairman Brian France made the decision to restore Gordon to the season-ending playoff, announcing it Friday along with a stern warning that the organization wouldn't tolerate any more attempts to manipulate the outcome of races. It came at the end of a frenetic week when NASCAR's credibility was on the line.
Officials were forced to take a second look at the results from last week's race at Richmond ...