Sprint Cup Series
These are strange times in NASCAR, where everything has turned upside down in the blink of an eye.
NAPA Auto Parts said Thursday it is dropping Michael Waltrip Racing at the end of the year in the fallout of the team’s attempt to manipulate a race to get Martin Truex Jr. into NASCAR’s version of the playoffs.
That spin started as the well-intentioned desire to help a teammate earn a valuable spot in NASCAR’s version of the playoffs, and with a little honesty, a few deep breaths and some clear thinking, it might have ended there.
NASCAR added Jeff Gordon to the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field Friday, a stunning and unprecedented step in the fallout from at least two attempts to manipulate the results at the season-ending race at Richmond last weekend.
What Clint Bowyer thought was a harmless little “itch” is actually a lot more than that. NASCAR has come down hard on Michael Waltrip Racing for their late race actions in Saturday’s last race of the chase.
Newman replaced Martin Truex Jr. in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship on Monday night when NASCAR penalized Michael Waltrip Racing for manipulating the outcome of last weekend’s race at Richmond.
Saturday night the NASCAR “regular season” ends. After 26 races the 12 man Chase for the Sprint Cup field will be set. What’s the beauty of Saturday night’s race? We still don’t know the full field of competitors for the Cup.
Among those jockeying for one of the coveted berths is Martin Truex Jr., who gamely finished third Sunday night at Atlanta while driving with a broken right wrist.
For drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., patience is definitely a virtue at this point in the season. Then again, there’s a sense of urgency with the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship just two races away.
Bobby Labonte broke three ribs in a bike riding accident Wednesday near his North Carolina home and will miss this weekend’s NASCAR race in Atlanta.
An MRI has confirmed that Martin Truex Jr. fractured his right wrist in a wreck during Saturday night’s race at Bristol.
Kurt Busch said Monday he has signed with Stewart-Haas Racing, which is rapidly developing into a super-team and will have four cars next season with the addition of the 2004 NASCAR champion.