Michael Waltrip Racing receives the biggest fine in NASCAR History

It doesn't matter if we think Clint Bowyer spun on purpose, NASCAR does and they dropped the hammer

9/9/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Blog Photo - Michael Waltrip Racing receives the biggest fine in NASCAR HistoryWow.  

Twitter was a-buzz after Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway, and so was NASCAR Radio on SiriusXM, Facebook, NASCAR.com and every other site following NASCAR.  Clint Bowyer spun with 7 laps left in the race, bringing out the caution.  Brian Vickers pitted.  Ryan Newman had been leading before the spin, but Carl Edwards was the winner when the checkers flew.  The Chase member were announced, and Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer's teammate, was in by the skin of his teeth.

Today he is out, and Ryan Newman is in.
Blog Photo - Michael Waltrip Racing receives the biggest fine in NASCAR History
Pretty good news for Ryan, coming right on top of Richard Childress Racing's announcement earlier today that Ryan will join RCR in 2014, driving the 31 car being vacated by Jeff Burton.

Not only did NASCAR find that the spin by Clint Bowyer was intentional, a "team order" if you will, they had a problem with Brian Vickers' late pit stop.  Mike Heltong advised that technicians and NASCAR big wigs had spent many hours today reviewing video, audio, and still shots.  In the end, they had enought evidence to judge that MWR "manipulated" the outcome of the race to aid the 56 of Truex Jr. in achieving a better finish.  They fined MWR $300,000, the largest fine in NASCAR history.  They docked each one of the drivers 50 points, and suspended General Manager, Ty Norris, indefinitely.

Brian Vickers was told by Norris to pit under the green because "We need that one point".  Vickers was surprised and asked if he had a tire going down or something.  After the pit stop, he asked if the team had found anything with his tire, to which Norris replied "I'll see you after the race Brian.  I owe you a kiss".

For NASCAR, that was the straw that broke the camel's back.  Bowyer denies his spin was intentional, even though video from Dale Earnhardt Jr's car is somewhat damning.

Although Jeff Gordon was not given any benefit by the ruling - he was actually in the Chase until Bowyer's spin - he was vocal about his opinion, at least on Twitter.  He felt bad for Truex, who received the worst punishment if you will, yet was blameless in the manuvers of Ty Norris

Michael Waltrip stands by his team, of course, but the result is only one of his teams is in the Chase.  Fifty points did not affect Clint Bowyer's place in the Chase, but it was enough to knock Martin Truex out and Ryan Newman in.

Although I have been rather vocal with my opinion of NASCAR and how they have gotten so much wrong in the past, this time I believe they got it mostly right.  What about you?

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9/13/13   |   JenX63   |   33167 respect

I keep reading all I can find on this and re-reading this. I have to agree with Scott about Michael. I can not even fathom, how (he) could of let this happen. I had such respect for him and now, I can only *shake my head* at how far some people are willing to go to get into the chase. It hasn't always been about the money, but it certainley is now. This kind of "controversary" is not what will bring fans in. It's really, just, sad.

9/11/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

Oh joy 𝄇⥀.⥀𝄆, round 2 of NASCAR controversy after Richmond with this time the 38 and 22. 


My thoughts? Its some idiot with nothing better to do as crap like this has happened and will continue to happen between manufacturers from rival teams helping each other out on the track. This is being blown so far out of context, it's ridiculous.

9/10/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Who will hire Norris.. Who will listen to Micheal Waltrip....they are both tainted now!!!

9/10/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Michael Waltrip Racing will NOT appeal the fines or penalties.

9/9/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Ty Norris tweeted a lengthy tweet in which he claimed the decision was a split second one, one that may have benefitted his team at the time, but was detrimental to the sport as a whole.  

To me, that is more like an "I'm sorry.........I got caught" statement.

9/9/13   |   JenX63   |   33167 respect

WoW! I have to process this. I had not heard. You know I'll be back to have my say.
Congrats Ryan, you really deserve it!