NASCAR called a press conference at 8:00 p.m. ET to discuss the issues with Michael Waltrip Racing following the incident with Clint Bowyer spinning in the late stages of the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night.
NASCAR ruled that Michael Waltrip Racing was in violation of Section 12-4 (Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing). As a result all three Michael Waltrip Racing cars (#15, #55, #56) have been docked 50 driver and owner Championship points. These point penalties are assessed following the 26th race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and will not effect Chase seeding in Bowyer's case.
Therefore, Martin Truex Jr, who made the chase after Richmond falls to 17th in the point standings and will no longer hold the second wild card spot. The second wild card position now belongs to Ryan Newman, who originally missed out on the Chase due to a tie breaker. Bowyer still makes the Chase and gets no penalty towards the Chase.
Michael Waltrip Racing was also fined $300,000 and Ty Norris, General Manager/Executive Vice President and spotter of Michael Waltrip Racing, has been suspended indefinitely. All three Michael Waltrip Racing crew chiefs, Brian Pattie(15), Scott Miller (55) and Chad Johnson (56) have all been placed on probation until December 31st.
NASCAR released the following statement about the incident: "Based upon our review of Saturday night's race at Richmond, it was our determination that the MWR organization attempted to manipulate the outcome of the race. As the sports sanctioning body, it is our responsibility to ensure that there is a fair and level playing field for all our competitors and this action today reflects our commitment to that."
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