NASCAR added Jeff Gordon to the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field Friday, a stunning and unprecedented step in the fallout from at least two attempts to manipulate the results at the season-ending race at Richmond last weekend.
NASCAR chairman Brian France said he had the authority to expand the field to 13 drivers for the first time since the format was implemented 10 years ago.
Front Row Motorsports asked for a deal from Penske Racing in the closing laps at Richmond and then helped make sure Penske’s Joey Logano made the Chase field by having one of its drivers, David Gilliland, slow down, according to an Associated Press review of radio communications.
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Fury at Fontana: Poor Kyle Busch. He won the Auto Club 400 on Sunday, but no one really noticed.
Tony Stewart ran over to Joey Logano’s car and confronted him after the race, shoving the younger driver — who then threw a water bottle at Stewart, the veteran said — before teammates pulled them apart.
“It’s time he learns a lesson,” Stewart said. “He’s run his mouth long enough. … He’s nothing but a little rich kid that’s never had to work in his life, so he’s going to learn what us working guys who had to work our way up [know about] how it works.”
As for Busch …
"Oh, by the way, I won the race today. That might be a story. I’m sure it’s not, though." Sad face. (Photo: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
The driver of a jet dryer is helped down the track as leaking fuel bursts into flames after being hit by Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, under caution during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 27. Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR