Twitter Reacts to NASCAR Penalties Against Michael Waltrip Racing

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:

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. 

Gordon’s wife Ingrid Vandebosch, on the other hand, would have liked to see more done to Clint Bowyer. 

Truex Jr. did not comment on the situation through his Twitter account, but his younger brother, Ryan, was glad his team was winning and providing a distraction from the news.

A few MWR employees offered their thoughts on the matter as well.

After tweeting out their official statements on the announcement, Stewart-Haas Racing decided to get philosophical.

Overall, many in the NASCAR world were shocked by the penalties, and let the world know about it.

Ty Norris took full blame and apologized for the actions that led to the penalty.

Finally, Clint Bowyer is focused on looking ahead.