Truex Ends Silence on Richmond
By: MRN Staff on September 11, 2013 | 6:30 P.M. EST
Martin Truex Jr. admits the last few days have been "a very difficult situation for everyone involved.'' (Photo: Getty Images)
Martin Truex Jr. offered his first comments Wednesday since being dropped from the Chase after a series of penalties to Michael Waltrip Racing.
Truex took to Twitter on Wednesday to speak to fans.
“I just want to take a min to thank my fans, NAPA AUTO PARTS, Toyota, NASCAR, my fellow competitors, & MWR for their support. I was very excited for my team when I learned that we clinched a wild card spot Sat night in Richmond. I drove the hardest race of my life that night & was unaware of any other circumstances other than needing to finish as high as I could to have a chance. This has been a very difficult situation for everyone involved. I hope we can all move on. I’m looking forward to Chicago, seeing all my fans & getting back in my #56 NAPA Toyota. Thank you for all the messages. They are much appreciated.’’
NASCAR penalized MWR for its attempt to manipulate the end of the Richmond race and ensure that Truex made the Chase. NASCAR docked each team 50 points, which cost Truex a spot in the Chase, along with fining MWR $300,000, indefinitely suspending Ty Norris, the team’s general manager and more.
Both Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers pitted late to lose positions to Joey Logano. That allowed Logano to clinch a top-10 Chase spot. Truex then took the final Wild Card.
NASCAR’s action marked the first time in the Chase’s history that a driver who made the Chase at Richmond was removed before it began.