Martin Truex Jr’s participation in The Chase for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup title was short-lived.  Less than 48 hours after a complicated finish to Saturday’s Auto Parts 400 saw him snare him the 12th and final spot in The Chase, NASCAR ruled Michael Waltrip Racing teammate Cliff Boyer intentionally caused a late caution that, ultimately, cost Ryan Newman the race win and a spot in The Chase that (temporarily) went to Truex.Boyer

It took NASCAR awhile to get it right . . . even longer than an NFL replay or an NHL review of a disputed goal.  But they did get it right.  Eventually.  Mostly.  Of course there’s the little matter of denying Newman the win in a race he was dominating.  But that’s relatively small potatoes compared to the injustice he would have suffered had NASCAR not taken action after reviewing the videos and radio transmissions between Boyer and crew chief Brian Pattie, not to mention comments from other drivers who said there was something “fishy” about Boyer’s sudden and (almost) inexplicable loss of control.

No question, the $300,000 fine dished-out to MWR, the indefinite suspension of MWR director of competition Ty Norris and probations to MWR crew chiefs Chad Johnston, Scott Miller and Pattie are substantial penalties.   Less satisfying is the fact the 50 point penalty imposed on Boyer is utterly empty, as it has zero impact on his standing in The Chase.

Then too, Jeff Gordon is entirely out of The Chase, thanks in part to Boyer and another MWR teammate – Brian Vickers – demonstrably slowing to ensure Joey Logano passed them, dropping the four time NASCAR champion out of the top ten in points.  The fact that Vickers (50 points) and crew chief Miller were penalized implies that NASCAR believes there was some hanky-panky going-on there as well.  Nevertheless, Gordon will be on the outside looking-in when The Chase commences at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend.

Hmmmm.  Can anyone say Phoenix International Raceway?  That’s where Boyer’s bid for the 2012 Sprint Cup ended when Gordon intentionally wrecked him after they traded sheet metal earlier in the race.

What goes around comes around . . . especially in NASCAR.

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5 Comments

nascar has made many errors in judgement over the last decades. all of them not rules infractions, just irrational judgement calls they feel were not right. sounds like nazi law-0enforment to me. if there is no rule against it, there should be no penalty! there opinion about the legality of anything is judgemental at best and dictatorships are that way. the bump and run should also be outlawed as it to changes everything in points and championships. nascar is the only major body to allow these things to go on. f1 looks at everything and if they determine something couldv’e been avoided, the perpetrator is penalized by parking, passthru, or position loss in next race. f1 allows ourposeful position taking/give-up for team betterment or to influence championships!

mad mechanic
September 11th, 2013 at 9:05 am

You spelled clint boywer wrong.

Dylan
September 12th, 2013 at 11:14 am

I think Nascar finally came to there senses and did the right thing to ask Jeff Gordon to be in the Chase. If Nascar really wanted to get it right they would get rid of the chase all together and let racing be racing like the good days.

Terry
September 15th, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Dylan, you DUFUS.. you spelled it wrong, too… it is BOWYER.. How are you going to try to correct someone and get it wrong yourself?? Hilarious…

David
September 19th, 2013 at 9:55 am

I’d love to see racing go back to single car teams. I have never liked the multiple car ownership. Guess I’m just an old-school racing girl. I will always love racing, though.

Mary Kay
September 6th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

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