Martin Truex Jr. Kicked Out of Chase: Ryan Newman In

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Talk about dropping the hammer. NASCAR just took unprecedented action against Michael Waltrip Racing.

According to the Associated Press and ESPN, NASCAR will remove Martin Truex Jr. from the Chase and replace him with Ryan Newman. Here is the official NASCAR release.

Clint Bowyer, Truex and Brian Vickers will also lose 50 points, though the deduction won’t impact Bowyer’s Chase standing. essentially  Michael Waltrip Racing will also face a “substantial” fine according to ESPN’s Marty Smith. MWR general manager Ty Norris is on indefinite  suspension.

This all stems from the Clint Bowyer spin in Richmond, along with Brian Vickers pitting on the last lap. A host of published reports suggest there’s some kind of smoking gun that proves something was out of line. There has to be for something this severe to take place.

“Based upon our review of Saturday night’s race at Richmond, it is our determination that the MWR organization attempted to manipulate the outcom“Based upon our review of Saturday night’s race at Richmond, it is our determination that the MWR organization attempted to manipulate the outcome of the race,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition in a news release. “As the sport’s sanctioning body, it is our responsibility to ensure there is a fair and level playing field for all of our competitors and this action today reflects our commitment to that.”

Bowyer will be in Bristol at ESPN studios later this week. Talk about some awkward interviews.