MWR accepts penalties from Richmond


Michael Waltrip Racing has accepted the penalties levied against them following the events of Richmond International Racway.

Well, at-least when it comes to the actions of the No. 55 team.

Michael Waltrip, founder and co-owner of MWR released the following statement.

“What occurred on the No. 55 radio at the end of Saturday night’s race in Richmond was a split-second decision made by team spotter Ty Norris to bring the No. 55 to pit lane and help a teammate earn a place in the Chase. We regret the decision and its impact. We apologize to NASCAR, our fellow competitors, partners and fans who were disappointed in our actions. We will learn from this and move on. As general manager, Ty Norris has been an integral part of Michael Waltrip Racing since its founding and has my and (co-owner) Rob Kauffman’s full support.”

Brian Vickers pitted late in the race to allow Joey Logano to pass him on the track. This initially resulted in Logano making the Chase via the top ten rule, earning teammate Martin Truex Jr. a Wild Card spot in the NASCAR Chase.

Since that time NASCAR has penalized Truex Jr. 25 driver points taking him out of the Wild Card spot and giving it to Ryan Newman.

Thus far there are no MWR’s comments in regards to Clint Bowyer’s spin which brought out the final caution that snatched a win from Newman.