|Clint Bowyer spins out suspiciously.|
Brian Vickers, driver of the #55 Toyota, pitted out of sequence, which moved Joey Logano into The Chase. The simple pit stop moved Logano out of the wild card spot, into the top 10, and moved Truex Jr. into the wild card.
Then, Clint Bowyer spun in what was determined to be an intentional move. That set off a chain reaction which then bumped Ryan Newman from The Chase.
“Obviously, we’re very pleased with NASCAR’s decision to provide Ryan Newman’s rightful place in this year’s Chase. NASCAR was put in a very difficult position Saturday night at Richmond and we commend the sanctioning body for taking the time to do the necessary due diligence to ensure that the right call was made.”– Tony Stewart, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing.
“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. With that being said, myself, Matt Borland (crew chief) and this entire No. 39 team are looking forward to competing for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.”– Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing.
The whole thing stinks. Imagine the NFL pulling a team from the playoffs. The sanctioning body did what they can to rectify a bad situation. Unfortunately, auto racing lends itself to cheating. Cheating's been going on in NASCAR since wheels have been round. It smacks of "the call". NASCAR wants teams to go out there and compete, and let the chips land where they will. Good luck with that. Teams will just have to be slicker with how they manipulate the standings.
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