Michael Waltrip Racing Threw The Race.
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What Punishment should Michael Waltrip Racing Face?

9/8/13 in NASCAR   |   kantwistaye   |   4215 respect

Blog Photo - Michael Waltrip Racing Threw The Race.Late in the race at Richmond on Saturday, Clint Bowyer inexplicably spun out on his own as his teammate, Martin Truex Jr, was running out of time to make the Chase.  The spin and sandbagging by Bowyer and other teammate Brian Vickers managed to take Ryan Newman out of the Chase by costing him a win and knocked Jeff Gordon out of the top ten, putting Joey Logano in, and giving teammate Truex Jr the final Wild Card spot.

With 9 laps to go, Bowyer is heard being told that the 39 (Ryan Newman) is going to win. A Newman win would've knocked Truex Jr out of the final Wild Card spot. Two laps later, Bowyer is seen taking a slow spin as he for some reason jerks the steering wheel far to the left.
 


After pit stops, Ryan Newman fell to fifth, essentially ending any chance for a win and a guaranteed spot in the Chase.  He would have to hope Joey Logano would re-enter the top 10 in points and out race Truex Jr.  Truex Jr also needed Logano to re-enter the top 10 as well.  Prior to the caution, Logano was stuck alone at 2 laps down, unable to move up.  He took the wave around and was now only a lap down and able to gain points and pass Jeff Gordon back into the top 10.

Clint Bowyer was penalized for pitting before pit road opened, a normal thing for a recently wrecked car.  The punishment for that is to go to the tail end of the field.  However, he did a pass through penalty as the race went green, allowing him to go down a lap. Geoffrey Miller pointed out that Bowyer then crawled out of pit road allowing him to go down a second lap and putting him behind Joey Logano, handing Logano a point.

Brian Vickers was even more obvious and blatant.  Jenna Fryer went through his audio and found a couple of gems. Vickers is told to pit as the race goes green and is in disbelief. Vickers is then told that they "need that one point." After pitting, Vickers is told he's owed a kiss. This gave Joey Logano a total of two points gifted to him from Michael Waltrip Racing, which put him into the top 10. Without these points, Logano is still outside the top 10 ending any chance for Truex Jr to get the final Wild Card spot.

To make matters worse, Michael Waltrip, owner of the team, made it clear team orders were made after the race on pit road telling Truex Jr that he's "got great teammates." Truex agreed.

Make no mistake - this is cheating. It absolutely robbed the sport of its integrity last night.  This is point shaving in college basketball or Pete Rose betting on his team.  It cannot go unpunished.

NASCAR can't just put Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon, the two drivers manipulated out of the Chase, into the 10 race playoff.  Nobody can be sure the race would've actually gone green and neither would've had an issue.  It can however, take Truex Jr and Bowyer out of contention and send a message to all teams that this will not be tolerated.

Its my belief the best way to do that is to dock Truex Jr and Bowyer 50 driver points each, and to dock Michael Waltrip Racing 50 owners points from each of their cars.  This ends any chance of Michael Waltrip Racing taking any championship hardware this year.  Brian Vickers is not running for points in Sprint Cup this year, so he should be suspended for the race at Chicago.  Michael Waltrip Racing should also be banned from taking in any season ending prize money gained from being in the Chase.  Michael Waltrip should be banned from any NASCAR activity, including visiting the team shop or making team decisions, for the rest of the calendar year.  NASCAR should also make it clear that these are the minimum punishments if this ever happens again.

Not only would these punishments end any title hopes, it'd also make for some very awkward tense talks with team sponsors. Between the pressure of being essentially banned from title contention and sponsor pressure, it should send a chill to any team considering these kind of sport killing shenanigans again.
 
Update: Literally as I published this, NASCAR announced they are investigating the race.
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9/10/13   |   jerodyoungs

Of the race. You guys should be pissed at NASCAR every race for throwing late race cautions for debis that isent there to get a more exciting finish cause its the same thing as what Mwr did. Or chad telling jimmie to run into the wall after winning to mess the car up nothing happen there They should penalize every one in the garage to because sharing set ups and notes is cheating to determines how a driver runs and outcome. Nascar make s the rules as they go and it's sad every team and driver cheats so get off your high horses and quit calling Mwr out.

9/10/13   |   jerodyoungs

I am a hardcore truex fan. I don't agree with everything they did but its a team sport isn't it? No one can tell me that this dosnt happen all the time. Funny that jimmie tapped the wall when gorden was 2 laps down isn't it. Also funny how everyone is mad and how this determine the fate and outcome 

9/9/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

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Ain't that something, Newman in the Chase, Truex out among. And MWR has been fined $300,000, and general manager Ty Norris is suspended indefinitely. Truex, Bowyer and  Vickers have been docked 50 points apiece. The reason Newman gets in is because after 50 point deduction for Truex, he fell below Newman's point total and Newman was higher for WC.

EDIT: The point deduction does not change Bowyer post Chase re-seeding. I don't know about you but I'm laughing at that.

9/9/13   |   kantwistaye   |   4215 respect

sc0t1and wrote:
My penalty:
Deduct 100 driver points from Bowyer and Truex PRIOR to the cutoff, eliminating BOTH from the Chase.

Deduct ALL owner points for ALL MWR cars (next year will be fun for them.)

Forget monetary fines - or JUST fine Michael Waltrip.

Ban Michael Waltrip from all tracks for the rest of the year and the Daytona 500.

Suspend all crew cheifs for the remainder of the year.

I like the 100 point penalty prior to the cutoff a lot - it'd be Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman back into the Chase. Highly doubt NASCAR would do it though.

9/9/13   |   texas_tornado4261   |   84426 respect

Here is a link from change.org that someone is passing around if anyone is interested :
http://www.change.org/petitions/nascar-disqualify-michael-waltrip-racing-from-the-chase

9/9/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

Not sure where to put this, in less then shocking news Ryan Newman to drive No. 31 car for RCR next year with Caterpillar sponsorship. Will be paired w/crew chief Luke Lambert. Ryan Newman says he talked to "three or more" teams about 2014. Childress asked him about driving for RCR during Daytona 500 week this year.

9/9/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

I love Bowyer to death but I find what he he did really disgusting. At the same time though I get why he did as it was "team orders" as the Chase can have huge money implications. I'm not sure what should happen to all the drivers everyone involved. Its gotta be something serious to send a message. I agree with suspending with Waltrip for the rest of the year. I would take it a step further and suspend Pattie, Johnston, and Miller for the rest of the calendar as well. Level Waltrip and his crew chiefs with the biggest fine (s) in NASCAR in history as well.
 

9/9/13   |   sc0t1and   |   1 respect

My penalty:
Deduct 100 driver points from Bowyer and Truex PRIOR to the cutoff, eliminating BOTH from the Chase.

Deduct ALL owner points for ALL MWR cars (next year will be fun for them.)

Forget monetary fines - or JUST fine Michael Waltrip.

Ban Michael Waltrip from all tracks for the rest of the year and the Daytona 500.

Suspend all crew cheifs for the remainder of the year.

9/8/13   |   Scott   |   53851 respect

Personally, I think Clint Bowyer should be suspended for the rest of the year.  

He cost me a chance to sneak into the top 10 in CMB's Nascar poll

9/8/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

well... removed from racing the rest of the year....it will be for the safety of the drivers of that team...and integrity of Nascar...