NAPA dropping sponsorship of Michael Waltrip Racing in wake of latest scandal

SONOMA, CA - JUNE 23:  Team Owner Michael Waltrip celebrates with Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota, after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 23, 2013 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

SONOMA, CA – JUNE 23: Team Owner Michael Waltrip celebrates with Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota, after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 23, 2013 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

A second scandal was enough for the primary sponsor of Michael Waltrip Racing as NAPA auto parts said it will leave the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team at the end of this year. The company made the announcement early Thursday morning via its Facebook page.

“After thorough consideration, NAPA has made the difficult decision to end its sponsorship arrangement with Michael Waltrip Racing effective December 31, 2013,” the statement said. “NAPA believes in fair play and does not condone actions such as those that led to the penalties assessed by NASCAR. We remain supportive of the millions of NASCAR fans and will evaluate our future position in motorsports.”

The company had issued a stern admonishment last week after NASCAR had penalized the team for actions that happened at Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 7. NASCAR fined the drivers 50 points, and indefinitely suspended general manager Ty Norris along with slapping him with a $300,000 monetary fine, the largest in NASCAR history. The actions came after the team was found to have manipulated the outcome on the Richmond race in order to secure driver Martin Truex Jr. a spot in NASCAR’s Chase. The point’s fine put Truex out of the Chase and put Ryan Newman in. MORE>>>

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