MWR sponsors review partnerships
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)
Two of Michael Waltrip Racing's sponsors are reviewing their relationships with the race team following the organization's attempt to manipulate the finish at Richmond.
NAPA Auto Parts posted on its Facebook page Wednesday it is disappointed a partner would make ''such a significant error in judgment.'' NAPA is the sponsor for Martin Truex Jr., who was kicked out of the Chase for the Sprint Car championship when NASCAR sanctioned MWR for its actions in Saturday night's race.
NAPA says it has launched a review of its future partnership with MWR. The full statement reads: "The actions taken by Michael Waltrip’s Racing team this past weekend leading to the penalties assessed by NASCAR, are very concerning. We are disappointed that a partner associated with our organization would make such a significant error in judgment.
"In addition, we have launched our own review to determine the future of our partnership with Michael Waltrip’s Racing team. The NAPA Auto Parts organization is proud of its long-standing NASCAR relationship. We share a passion with our customers for high quality racing and seek to determine the best course of action for our customers, NASCAR fans, and the NAPA organization."
Also, Clint Bowyer sponsor 5-Hour Energy tweeted it is reviewing its sponsorship relations internally.
We respect NASCAR's penalties against MWR & are addressing our sponsorship relations internally. We appreciate your understanding & patience— 5-hour ENERGY® (@5hourenergy) September 10, 2013
NASCAR penalized MWR for attempting to manipulate the finish to get Truex into the 12-driver Chase field. Truex was replaced in the Chase by Ryan Newman.