While NASCAR was handing out its stiffest penalty to date against Michael Waltrip Racing, the NASCAR Twittersphere was on fire with reaction from fans and drivers alike.
As part of the penalties, the organization was fined $300,000, all three MWR cars have been penalized 50 owner and driver points, MWR Executive Vice President/General Manager Ty Norris was suspended indefinitely, and each of the team’s three crew chiefs has been placed on probation for the remainder of the year.
This means Martin Truex Jr. is no longer in the Chase, moving Stewart-Haas Racing’s Ryan Newman into the 12-driver field fighting for the championship.
Team owner Michael Waltrip took to Twitter to defend his team:
This wasn't a master plan or about a spin. It's about a split-second decision made by Ty to try to help a teammate. I stand by my people.
While Newman was bumped into the Chase, there was no vindication for Jeff Gordon, who was also impacted by the MWR activity at the end of the race. The four-time champion took the high road, however, after the decision was handed out.
Feel bad for Truex. He got in under controversy now out due to it. But the guy who started all of this not effected at all??? Don't agree!