NASCAR: Bowyer denies intentional spinout at Richmond race
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Clint Bowyer feels awful for costing Ryan Newman a win, though his apology for spinning at Richmond is not an admission of guilt.
Ryan Newman also feels terrible. Only his sympathy is for Martin Truex Jr., the unwitting participant in a botched race-fixing attempt by Michael Waltrip Racing that has put two friends in an awkward position and spoiled the start of NASCAR’s championship race.
“I feel bad for Martin, and I feel he didn’t know anything about it and he had the carpet ripped out from underneath him,” Newman told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “And I know exactly how that feels.”
It’s been a roller-coaster for NASCAR since there were seven laps to go in Saturday night’s race at Richmond. Newman was on his way to a victory that would have given him the final spot in the 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field. Then Bowyer spun to bring out a caution, setting in motion a chain of events that cost Newman the win and the Chase berth, cost Jeff Gordon a Chase berth and put Truex and Joey Logano in the final two spots.
There were way too many questions about the final moments of the race and NASCAR launched an investigation, determining Monday that MWR had manipulated the outcome of the race and levying unprecedented sanctions that put Newman in the Chase and bumped Truex out.
MWR was also fined $300,000 and Bowyer, Truex and Brian Vickers were docked 50 points each.