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Published September 15, 2013
France, "on his own authority," added Jeff Gordon on Friday as a 13th competitor in this year's Chase. France: "It is an unprecedented and extraordinary thing, but it’s also an unprecedented and extraordinary set of circumstances that unfolded in multiple different ways on Saturday night. We believe this was the right outcome to protect the integrity ... of NASCAR" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/14).
The situation was covered on Friday's edition of NBC's "Nightly News" with an on-air graphic that read, "Fixed Race?" NBC's Brian Williams said NASCAR "likes to call itself the most popular spectator sport in the country," but it is "in the news now for reasons they are not entirely proud of" ("Nightly News," NBC, 9/13).