RICHMOND, Va. – NASCAR has announced that it is reviewing the finish to Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Int’l Raceway.
There were several controversial moments near the end of Saturday’s 400-lap event, but the moment NASCAR is believed to be reviewing is the spin by Clint Bowyer with eight laps left that forced NASCAR to wave a caution flag. The resulting caution period and restart allowed Bowyer’s teammate Martin Truex Jr. to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
NASCAR is reportedly reviewing evidence that Bowyer deliberately spun his No. 15 Toyota in order to help Truex make the Chase. Had it not been for the caution period and subsequent restart, it is likely that Ryan Newman would have won the race and made the Chase instead of Truex.
It is also believed that Truex’s fellow MWR teammate Brian Vickers purposely slowed during the final three laps to allow Joey Logano to pass him. That allowed Logano to remain in the top 10 in the standings so he didn’t have to use a Wild Card to get into the Chase, which also helped Truex.
The entire NASCAR statement follows: “NASCAR is reviewing Saturday night’s race at Richmond International Raceway per protocol and has no plans for further statement until that process is complete.”
It is not believed that NASCAR is reviewing the controversial final restart, which saw eventual winner Carl Edwards beat leader Paul Menard to the start/finish line.