Saturday night's controversial finish at Richmond caused quite a stir amongst NASCAR fans on Twitter, many outraged with what they saw as team orders.
By Tom Jensen
RICHMOND, VA - SEPT. 07: Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, is involved in an on-track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 56th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 7, 2013 in Richmond, Va. (Photo by Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway ended with multiple controversies, as Clint Bowyer appeared to cause an intentional spin to bring out a caution on Lap 394. Race-winner Carl Edwards seemed to jump the restart on Lap 398 and Brian Vickers slowed way down on the final lap, apparently to let Joey Logano pass him.
The net effect of all these shenanigans was profound: Martin Truex Jr., the teammate of Bowyer and Vickers at Michael Waltrip Racing, was the final driver to transfer into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, winning a wild-card spot on a tiebreaker with Ryan Newman. Logano made it into 10th place by a single-point over Jeff Gordon.
Without the Bowyer spin, none of this would have happened and Truex would have been the odd man out and Gordon and Newman would have been in.
Judging by the timing and scoring from the final lap, Vickers' slow pace was evident.
Not surprisingly, NASCAR fans, most of whom have a strong sense of fairness, reacted with outrage. The Twitterverse lit up with pissed off race fans, incensed by what they viewed as at best team orders, or at worst, outright cheating.
Here's some of what they had to say.
This is something that #NASCAR has to take a stand against. This hurts their integrity more than any botched restart ever could.