Feud of the Week: Fans vs. The Finish
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.
NASCAR announced Sunday afternoon they are reviewing the race "per protocol" and would not have any further comment until the "process is complete."
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.
Inevitably, some fans compared NASCAR's lack of action as something out of the playbook of professional wrestling.
Not all fans were upset with MWR, though, as the team did have a few staunch supporters.
Disappointed as he was with missing the Chase, even Jeff Gordon hinted at something fishy on Sunday afternoon.