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NASCAR Investigating Teams Of Logano, Gilliland For Race Manipulation At Richmond
Published September 12, 2013
GORDON SPEAKS OUT: Driver Jeff Gordon, who was eliminated from the Chase field by Logano's finish, yesterday said that he "felt he deserved to be in the championship-determining field." Gordon said, “I haven’t heard the audio, I heard about it. All I can say is I really feel like we deserve to be in it based on everything that happened Saturday night" (FOXSPORTS.com, 9/12). In Charlotte, David Scott notes Gordon "warned Wednesday that the repercussions" of MWR's manipulation of last weekend's race "are only beginning." Gordon said, "It's way beyond you and me, way beyond the sport and the fans. It reaches out much further than that. It has affected far more people than we can understand. It's going to happen again. So it has to be addressed in a big way." He added, "When the time comes, we want to see what we can do to help our teammate win the championship. The difference is there are lines that are drawn, and this crossed over the line. ... It's the integrity of the sport. What level do you go to win?" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/12). Gordon: "When I found out later how they manipulated it, that was anger on a whole 'nother level. It's hard to describe and it's disappointing" (USA TODAY, 9/12).
NOT GOING AWAY: In Charlotte, Scott Fowler writes, "We are dealing with the juiciest, ugliest NASCAR scandal of the past decade." It has "called into question the very integrity of the sport," and it will "continue to hover as the biggest story of the Chase." This is a "body blow to the sport." NASCAR "didn't do enough to penalize MWR," and "most notably, Clint Bowyer got away almost Scot-free." But what NASCAR "didn't do, MWR's sponsors might." Fowler: "What company really wants its name plastered all over a car for an outfit that would do something like that?" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/12). A CHARLOTTE OBSERVER editorial states, "Drivers are critical to their teams’ and NASCAR’s revenues. But if you truly want to remove a stain on your sport, you have to make the consequences of it sting." NASCAR wants to "convince people that it’s a legitimate sport, one that won’t tolerate the 'if you ain’t cheating, you ain’t tryin’' mindset that has long been part of its culture." But sports fans "know leniency when they see it, again and again." If NASCAR "really wants to get somewhere, it’ll stop driving in circles" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/12).