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Just when we thought, after the Michael Waltrip Racing debacle, that we have heard the last of the Richmond controversy, there is more that has been exposed! Oh no, the final word on what happened on Saturday night in the Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway may not yet have been spoken.
Fox Sports is reporting Wednesday afternoon that Joey Logano and his team may gotten into the Chase with help from David Gilliland and his team late in Saturday’s race.
According to Fox, two-way radio traffic between Gilliland, and his Front Row Motorsports team, has been uncovered which contains talk of Gilliland letting Logano get past him late in the race, in exchange for future considerations! You really got to be kidding me!
Logano passed Gilliland after the final restart, and was able to edge past Jeff Gordon in the bid for the final Chase berth.
Martin Truex Jr. was ousted from the Chase on Monday when NASCAR docked him 50 points because officials believed that his team, Michael Waltrip Racing, had manipulated the outcome of the race by having Clint Bowyer spin and force a caution on purpose, additionally, having a Brian Vickers pit late in the race for no other reason that to advance Truex’s position.
Those penalties put Ryan Newman into the Chase in Truex’s spot.
NASCAR has issued the following statement about the situation:
“NASCAR is aware of reports about the #22 and #38 radio communications at Richmond International Raceway and is looking into it, but has yet to see anything in full context that requires any action.”
Call it want you want, this is still another “fix”! How can anyone take this year’s Chase seriously when there are now two instances that reek of cheating, fixing, or down right dishonesty !
NASCAR might as well adopt the Formula 1 attitude towards winning races. There is team orders there, it is expected and accepted.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!