CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The fallout over Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond Int’l Raceway is far from over for Michael Waltrip Racing.
It was learned today that NAPA is revaluating its sponsorship of the team’s No. 56 driven by Martin Truex Jr. and launching its own investigation into the events that led to the team receiving record penalties from NASCAR after two of its cars driven by Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers appeared to intentionally give up positions on the track to help Truex qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
NAPA posted the following message on its Facebook page:
“Dear Facebook Fans and the NAPA community,
“The actions taken by Michael Waltrip’s Racing team this past weekend leading to the penalties assessed by NASCAR, are very concerning. We are disappointed that a partner associated with our organization would make such a significant error in judgment. In addition, we have launched our own review to determine the future of our partnership with Michael Waltrip’s Racing team. The NAPA AUTO PARTS organization is proud of its long-standing NASCAR relationship. We share a passion with our customers for high quality racing and seek to determine the best course of action for our customers, NASCAR fans, and the NAPA organization.
NAPA has sponsored Michael Waltrip Racing since 2007 and has been involved with team owner Michael Waltrip since 2001 when Waltrip won the Daytona 500 in NAPA’s debut race sponsoring Dale Earnhardt, Inc.