Sep 13, 2013; Joliet, IL, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon (24) during practice for the Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NASCAR: Jeff Gordon Rightfully Makes Race For The Chase


An article from USA Today Sports on Friday the 13th, announced that Jeff Gordon will be added to Sprint Cup Race for the Chase as the 13th car. The 10-race championship run will begin on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway with the Geico 400. The four-time Winston Cup Champion will roll off in the sixth position, and will enter the chase in a tie for eighth place with Dale Earnhardt Jr, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, and the guy who created this mess, Clint Bowyer.

Ryan Newman also gets into the chase with the penalty that took Martin Truex Jr out of the competition. Michael Waltrip Racing has been fined, and his drivers penalized 50 points each as we go into the chase run. Sponsors up and down MWR are questioning how things got this far in trying to fix the outcome of the points standings. They are launching their own investigation.

I felt bad for Clint Bowyer last season when he was wrecked out at Phoenix by Jeff Gordon, but I’m not sure this was the way to settle the score. NASCAR has too much technology at their fingertips, and really have no problem figuring out what went down. I’m not sure I understand why the #15 Pro Bass Shops Toyota is still in the chase.

I was convinced when the decision came earlier in the week to penalize the teams, that Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon deserved to be in the chase, and was calling for them to DQ Clint Bowyer. I’m sure Pro Bass Shops had a say in the matter, and put enough pressure on NASCAR that they had to re-instate Gordon into the festivities, and keep Bowyer.

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  • John Doe’s Father

    Nascar rushed to make a statement in the beginning of this whole pile of crap, and accordingly “Got it wrong”. First off, MWR will absorb the $300,000. without any extreme pain. That penality should have been handled differently. There are three things in play here, and they were handled piece meal. The spin was a separate issue and should have been the most severe violation. That was a life threatening action. Any wreck has the potential to injure/ kill. The pitting was the second violation. Not as bad, but still damaging to NASCAR integrity . Finally the pass to cement Logano in the chase was the same thing as the pitting. MWR should have been punished , but Boyer should have been DQ’d from that race, and at least three more. THAT would have hurt Mickey, and the whole league would take notice. The pitting and passing could them be addressed in a fine and point penality that would have added to Mickey and Pensky’s pain . Sponsors should not have been a consideration.