MWR Sponsors Speak Out

Clint Bowyer

Two of Michael Waltrip Racing's main sponsors say they are addressing their relationship with the team. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Three of Michael Waltrip Racing's sponsors says they are addressing their relationship with the team after MWR's actions last weekend at Richmond International Raceway.

NAPA driver Martin Truex Jr. made the Chase before NASCAR penalized him and his teammates for manipulating the finish. NASCAR’s penalties dropped Truex out of the Chase. Ryan Newman replaced him.

NAPA issued a statement on its Facebook page Wednesday morning:

"The actions taken by Michael Waltrip’s Racing team this past weekend leading to the penalties assessed by NASCAR, are very concerning. We are disappointed that a partner associated with our organization would make such a significant error in judgment. 

“In addition, we have launched our own review to determine the future of our partnership with Michael Waltrip’s Racing team. The NAPA AUTO PARTS organization is proud of its long-standing NASCAR relationship. We share a passion with our customers for high quality racing and seek to determine the best course of action for our customers, NASCAR fans, and the NAPA organization.''

Living Essentials, the makers of 5-Hour Energy, which sponsors Clint Bowyer, said in a statement on its Facebook page that it is “addressing its sponsorship relations.’’

“Living Essentials, the makers of 5-hour ENERGY® shots, understands the disappointment NASCAR fans feel in regards to the actions taken by Michael Waltrip Racing at Richmond. Living Essentials does not condone practices that violate NASCAR rules or the spirit of fair play. Living Essentials respects NASCAR's penalties against Michael Waltrip Racing, and is addressing its sponsorship relations internally. We appreciate your understanding and patience in this matter.’'  

Aaron's, sponsor of the No. 55 Toyota and driver Brian Vickers, issued the following statement on their Facebook page:

"Aaron’s appreciates your concern about Richmond’s race and your loyalty to NASCAR. We respect the decision NASCAR made today and do not condone any practices that violate NASCAR rules."

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