Monday, September 09, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Truex Bounced From 2014 Chase

Truex won't run for the 2014 title
NASCAR has dropped the hammer on Michael Waltrip Racing following a review by the sanctioning body of Saturday night’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 50 championship owner points, respectively.
These point penalties are assessed following the season’s 26th regular season race and not after the seeding for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Therefore, the point total for the No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota driven by Martin Truex, Jr. is reduced to 691, putting him in 17th position and eliminating him from the second Wild Card berth for the Chase field. Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 Chevrolet for Stewart Haas Racing, now moves into the Chase as the second Wild Card participant.
NASCAR has also fined the MWR organization $300,000 and indefinitely suspended Ty Norris, MWR Executive Vice President/General Manager and spotter for the No. 55 car, for violating Section 12-4. The three crew chiefs – Brian Pattie (No. 15), Scott Miller (No. 55) and Chad Johnston (No. 56) – have all been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.
"Based upon our review of Saturday night’s race at Richmond, it is our determination that the MWR organization attempted to manipulate the outcome of the race," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "As the sport’s sanctioning body, it is our responsibility to ensure there is a fair and level playing field for all of our competitors and this action today reflects our commitment to that."



  1. Anonymous8:25 PM

    did not think that they would do it way to go nascar

  2. sad day for the sport there is no way this was going to be good for anybody ....just a sad day

  3. Anonymous8:27 PM

    Nascar went to far, unfortunately they have lost a long time viewer...

  4. Anonymous8:28 PM

    KUDOS to NASCAR! ! !

    Sorry for Truex Jr, but without the blatant cheating from Michael Waltrip Racing he wouldn't have been in the chase anyway.

    Congrats to Newman!!!

  5. Anonymous8:30 PM

    Pretty good way to resolve this. Jeff still gets the short end of the stick, but MWR pays a huge price across their organization. Martin didn't do anything wrong and I feel badly for him. But the penalty allows 1/2 of the injured parties relief, and honestly, more than I expected.

  6. Can mwr appeal and if so what happens if they overturn the penalty?

  7. Anonymous8:35 PM

    Good read glad it is done i think thats the largest fine levied isnt it?

  8. Anonymous8:36 PM

    BS! I realize sometimes that an example needs to be made but NASCAR has created this mess with its current points system and its very biased policing of the sport. NASCAR is on its way too failure. They have lost a long time fan today.

  9. way to go nascar thats the way it should be

  10. Mike Morris8:43 PM

    Well that I did not expect but I sure welcome there hard stance! After hearing some of the show today I think it will help to settle down the fans. Nicely done Nascar.

  11. For the record, I did agree with you Dave. The chase field was set and that ship had sailed, you can't change history.
    I don't think anyone should be added, however I do understand why Nascar did what they did.

    As any athlete/team would tell you, 'you never want to put yourself in a position to have your fate determined by another athlete/team'.

    I really feel that Mikey and any of his listed owners, should have been banned for the rest of the year docked more owner points than his Daytona infraction, and as many points as it would take to prevent any of his teams from winning a cup.

    The crew chiefs for the 15/55 should be banned too. Now as for the 56, I understand your thoughts that he should not be penalized and I agree to a point, but his team falls under the MWR banner and as part of a 3 car TEAM they have to be penalized.

  12. What really stinks is that none of this hurts Clint Bower who is really the one that caused the whole mess. Also it still leaves my guy Jeff Gordon out of the Chase (I'm Biased i know) I just wish something could be done to get Gordon in there since he would have made it without the extra caution of course we never know what might have happened in the last lap. At least the cheater got punished.

  13. Anonymous8:47 PM

    Nascar got it right this time!!!! YAY!!!

  14. Awesome. About time Nascar did something right. Would love to know that Michael Waltrip has to say now.

  15. BARKY8:54 PM

    Congrats to NASCAR and you too Dave for telling it the way it is

  16. Anonymous10:19 PM

    Think you mean 2013 chase

  17. How many points from 1st was Boyer before they were reset?

  18. Anonymous10:27 PM

    The chase field was not set it was unofficial and assumed. If a car like legano was found illegal after the race and lost points it would be the same thing. Nascar can still hand out penalties. Nothing was 100% official Saturday night. Newman wasn't put in tuax lost points and moved to his new points position and Newman moved up. Just like any other time.

  19. Proud of NASCAR, and also surprised. Glad they had the cajones to do the right thing

  20. Hey NASCAR even Waltrip told Truex you have some great TEAMMATES notice the S. How can you not say their is not enough information about Bowyer?. Another blown call France your Dad and Grandfather would be ashamed of what you have made of there sport and name. I am done with NASCAR this has become a ridiculous sport with IROC cars racing and outrageous calls. A fan since 1980 but no more.

  21. I think they punished the wrong driver. Nothing public proved he did anything wrong. Bowyer did spin on purpose despite NASCAR's lame excuse. Their code phrases were something out of a bad thriller on public access cable, and an insult to fans.

    That is actually what most ticks me off. This whole thing was an insult to the intelligence of the fans. They know we can hear their in-car audio. They know it will appear on news networks and youtube. Thinking their lame signals won't be heard is just dumb and insulting. The itch audio is just foolish.

    Bowyer should be out of the chase, the penalty means nothing to him.

  22. Greg S.11:49 AM

    Dave of all that I have read this is based on the 55,15 going down pit road not a spin out. Don't the teams have the right to call a driver in anytime they want, this is something that has been done for yrs.I think NASCAR had to act because this was such a big deal in the news. To me this is no different then point swapping Start and Park, these things all change the out come of a season and a race. I believe that the 56 got the shaft in this he ran his race and he did nothing to change the out come it was others actions. How many times have we seen these cautions out of no where and change a race, because NASCAR wants a close finish. If we are going to have integrity lets have it all the time.

  23. It's not a coincidence MWR has been involved in two of the largest penalties in Nascar history.

  24. Anonymous2:02 PM


  25. Get rid of the 12 chase drives and reset all top 35. Make wins count and move the winning drivers from the first 26 races up to the top of the points standing and the reset going down to 35. I think this would keep things exciting and give everybody a chance to reset and race hard to the end of the year. Current system means end of the year after race 26th if not in the chase & the 31 drivers are in the way. Yes, someone could stink up the show and win the championship from 12th in points by winning 10 in a row, but wouldn't that be exciting.

  26. Anonymous11:43 AM

    I understand the 56 being taken out of the chase, but should there be a bigger penalty to the 15? 55 spotter suspended for calling driver to pit road changing completion of chase, but driver spins, also changing completion of chase. 1-2 race suspension or also taken out of chase???

    What about 24? I am not a 24 fan, but fair is fair.....

    NAPA and 5 Hour not happy at all. Just read their press releases. That will be a big long term issue at MWR

  27. NASCAR should suspend Ryan Newman's pit crew from the Chase.

    Anyhow, the chase is NASCAR's party and they can invite whom ever they like.

    It's decisions like these that separate NASCAR from major league sports like the NFL, MLB, and the NBA.

    NASCAR is willing to dictate who gets in their "playoffs" based on a judgement call on their part, but they are still unwilling to DQ anyone found with illegal parts after a race.

    That's NASCAR for you!