NASCAR penalizes Michael Waltrip Racing; Newman in, Truex out of Chase

RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 07: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, spins in front of Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, spins on track during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 56th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 7, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 07:  Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, spins in front of Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, spins on track during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 56th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 7, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
RICHMOND, VA – SEPTEMBER 07: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, spins in front of Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, spins on track during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 56th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 7, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

NASCAR brought one of the most severe penalties in its history late Monday for the actions taken by drivers with Michael Waltrip Racing during Saturday night’s race at Richmond International Raceway. The race was the last of NASCAR’s regular season and set the field for NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.

In a press release sent out via email NASCAR announced that MWR’s three teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (No. 15, 55, 56) have been penalized with the loss of 50 championship driver and 50 championship owner points.  The cars were driven by Clint Bowyer, Brian Vickers and Martin Truex Jr. respectively.

A caution with seven laps to go Saturday night set up a final three lap dash. It not only decided a race winner, Carl Edwards, but sealed the fate of Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman. Both of whom fell short of making the Chase. MORE>>>

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