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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.


(Photo by Todd Warshaw/The Associated Press)

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)

In case you missed it:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Subway Ford, performs a back flip to celebrate after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In case you missed it:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Subway Ford, performs a back flip to celebrate after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Don’t you wish every major life event could end in a confetti shower? Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Don’t you wish every major life event could end in a confetti shower? Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

BREAKING: Danica Patrick has a boyfriend. She confirmed to The Associated Press it is none other than Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Here they are canoodling at the “Winston-Salem Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough” series. Now you can continue with your life. Phew. (Photo via Professional Bull Riders/Andy Watson/AP)

BREAKING: Danica Patrick has a boyfriend. She confirmed to The Associated Press it is none other than Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Here they are canoodling at the “Winston-Salem Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough” series. Now you can continue with your life. Phew. (Photo via Professional Bull Riders/Andy Watson/AP)

What does one wear to the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Awards Banquet? Joey Logano has the answer: a fire suit with lapels.  (Photo: Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)

What does one wear to the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Awards Banquet? Joey Logano has the answer: a fire suit with lapels.  (Photo: Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)

The NHL has small children playing hockey between periods, NASCAR has this: A high diver performs while lit on fire at the No Limits Garage Party Presented at Texas Motor Speedway as part of the AAA Texas 500 weekend.  (Photo: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR)

The NHL has small children playing hockey between periods, NASCAR has this: A high diver performs while lit on fire at the No Limits Garage Party Presented at Texas Motor Speedway as part of the AAA Texas 500 weekend.  (Photo: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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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

When Mitt Romney was asked if he followed NASCAR, he replied: “Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans. But I have some great friends that are NASCAR team owners.” Maybe he met them through his wife, who owns a “couple of Cadillacs.”

When Mitt Romney was asked if he followed NASCAR, he replied: “Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans. But I have some great friends that are NASCAR team owners.” Maybe he met them through his wife, who owns a “couple of Cadillacs.”

Brett Thompson, driver of the Rich Thompson Trucking Chevrolet, catches on fire after crashing during the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Casino Arizona 125 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12, 2011 in Avondale, Arizona. Photo: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images for NASCAR

Brett Thompson, driver of the Rich Thompson Trucking Chevrolet, catches on fire after crashing during the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Casino Arizona 125 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12, 2011 in Avondale, Arizona. Photo: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images for NASCAR