This was the first time in the 10 years of the Chase format that the driver field was altered on the eve of the contest because of penalties.
MWR’s drivers Truex, and each was docked 50 championship points. That dropped Truex out of the Chase and lifted Newman into the playoff.
The field includes the top 10 drivers in points after 26 races (Richmond is the 26th). It also includes two wild-card drivers who ranked highest among those 11th to 20th in points and who also had the most wins in that group.
Truex had one of the wild-card spots, which now goes to Newman. Bowyer already was safely in the Chase. Vickers is not in the Chase,Cheap Washington Redskins Jersey, which starts Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet,Washington Redskins T-Shirts, Ill.
“I am proud that NASCAR took a stand with respect to what went on Saturday night,” Newman said in a statement.
NASCAR also levied a record $300,000 fine against MWR and indefinitely suspended Ty Norris, a team executive who also was the spotter for Vickers’ car Saturday night.
Newman was leading the race, and poised for a Chase berth, with only seven laps remaining when Bowyer’s No. 15 Toyota inexplicably spun out, bringing out a caution period.
After Newman pitted and the race resumed, Newman was shuffled back and finished third.
Bowyer and Vickers also made questionable pit stops in the final laps that ultimately helped Truex gain his Chase spot.
NASCAR President Mike Helton told reporters at NASCAR’s Research and Development Center in Concord,Redskins Jersey, N.C., that there was “not conclusive evidence that the 15 spin was intentional.”
But he said communications between Norris and a confused Vickers about Vickers’ need to pit was “the most clear piece” of evidence against MWR.
MWR later issued an apology, said it would not appeal the penalties and conceded that Norris made “a split-second decision” to pit Vickers “to help a teammate earn a place in the Chase.”
Earlier Monday,Cal made you a deal, and selling cars was never the same, Newman said he’ll move to next season to replace in the No. 31 car. Newman now drives for Stewart-Haas Racing.