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.
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.— Michael Waltrip (@mw55) September 10, 2013
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!— Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) September 10, 2013
Gordon's wife Ingrid Vandebosch, on the other hand, would have liked to see more done to Clint Bowyer.
Yes and changed Jeff and Newman's chances! Don't forget who did it! What does he get?— Ingrid Vandebosch (@ivandebosch) September 10, 2013
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.
Like my dad tells me, all you can do is go out every weekend and drive the car as hard as you can. Everything else is out of your control.— Ryan Truex (@Ryan_Truex) September 10, 2013
A few MWR employees offered their thoughts on the matter as well.
We all know the score. Its time to go do our jobs. Ill do it the same as I did last week. Love my team— Brett Griffin (@SpotterBrett) September 10, 2013
After tweeting out their official statements on the announcement, Stewart-Haas Racing decided to get philosophical.
"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." -- Buddha— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) September 10, 2013
Overall, many in the NASCAR world were shocked by the penalties, and let the world know about it.
Look at the names that have been affected by this. Napa, 5 Hour, AARP, DuPont, Pepsi, Shell, Aaron's, Quicken Loans, Outback, Haas, AAA— Brendan Gaughan (@Brendan62) September 10, 2013
There you go people no opinion needed it handled itself and we didn't have to get involved. Choose your battles and you might win 1 or 2....— Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) September 10, 2013
NASCAR had a tough choice to make, and chose the hard path but the correct one. Its not easy being the boss but respect was earned today.— Mike Kelley (@CrewChief6NNS) September 10, 2013
I hope we have learned a very important lesson......"Come up with better code words"— Riki Rachtman (@RikiRachtman) September 10, 2013
I guess TRD's experimental engine schedule was just one race off... Think about it...— Ryan Eversley (@RyanEversley) September 10, 2013
Don't know how to say what I really think about Mwr penalty with out getting in a lot of trouble. Better stay off twitter for awhile...— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) September 10, 2013
Ty Norris took full blame and apologized for the actions that led to the penalty.
Pg 1 ... in the final laps I made a call to pit the 55 to benefit a teammate. It was a split second decision made in the middle of a— Ty Norris (@Tymwr) September 10, 2013
Pg. 2... chaotic finish bad on the circumstances. There was no time to think just act. Though it was to benefit MWR it is now clear— Ty Norris (@Tymwr) September 10, 2013
Pg. 3 .. It was to the detriment of the sport I love and have called home for the past 24 years.— Ty Norris (@Tymwr) September 10, 2013
Pg. 4 .. I apologize to all who were affected by that decision in the greatest race for the chase in its 10 yr history— Ty Norris (@Tymwr) September 10, 2013
Finally, Clint Bowyer is focused on looking ahead.