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September 10, 2013

Cheatin' in the Chase

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Gordon’s reaction Monday night focused on Truex, who did nothing to land in his teammates’ mess, and Bowyer, who escaped unscathed.

“Feel bad for Truex. He got in under controversy now out due to it. But the guy who started all of this not affected at all??? Don’t agree!” Gordon posted on Twitter.

Bowyer denied Saturday night he intentionally spun and Truex was an unwitting participant. There was silence from MWR officials until Waltrip tweeted after NASCAR’s announcement.

“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,” he posted on Twitter.

The controversy surrounding Saturday’s race put a damper on Newman’s Monday announcement that he had reached a deal with Richard Childress Racing to replace Jeff Burton next season in the No. 31 Chevrolet.

“What happened to me Saturday night is the toughest thing that I’ve ever gone through in any kind of racing in my 30 years of driving because of the way everything went down,” Newman said. “I knew this announcement was coming, but in the end, I don’t think it’s anything to compare or contrast or say that the positive outweighs the negative or even compensates for it.”

Now Newman gets the chance to compete for the title in his final races with Stewart-Haas Racing. He won the Brickyard this year and has 17 career victories overall.

“Obviously, we’re very pleased with NASCAR’s decision to provide Ryan Newman’s rightful place in this year’s Chase,” SHR co-owner Tony Stewart said in a statement. “NASCAR was put in a very difficult position Saturday night at Richmond, and we commend the sanctioning body for taking the time to do the necessary due diligence to ensure that the right call was made.”

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