More Controversy from Richmond Race 9/12/13
NASCAR already has handed down penalties to Michael Waltrip for Clint Bowyer's spinout near the end of Saturday's Sprint Cup race at Richmond. There could be even more fallout coming from that race, which decided the field for the Chase for the championship.
Tiny Front Row Motorsports asked for a deal from Penske Racing in the closing laps of last weekend's race at Richmond and then helped make sure Penske's Joey Logano made the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship by having one of its drivers back off. That's according to an Associated Press review of radio communications.
David Gilliland's spotter tells his crew that Logano's team wanted Gilliland's spot on the track "and they said they'd probably be able to help us in the future," according to the review of Front Row's radio communications.
Someone believed to be Gilliland crew chief Frank Kerr replied by saying, "You tell that spotter up there it better pay big," to which the spotter says, "Yeah, it's not the spotter, it's the whole committee."
A short time later, Logano passed Gilliland on a restart and finished 22nd, one spot ahead of Gilliland and good enough for a berth in the Chase field.