Rick Hendrick: "Jeff Gordon got robbed"
Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013
Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon (24) is shown after qualifying for Sunday's Advocare 500 NASCAR auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
In a brief statement provided to the Charlotte Observer on Tuesday morning, Hendrick Motorsports team owner Rick Hendrick said he was just as mad as his driver, Jeff Gordon, over the penalties NASCAR handed down Monday night regarding Michael Waltrip Racing's attempt to manipulate the outcome of Saturday night's race at Richmond, Va.
Hendrick went on to say, "Jeff Gordon got robbed. On to the Chase and try to win it."
NASCAR Monday night penalized the MWR organization and effectively removed its driver Martin Truex Jr. from the 12-driver Chase and added Ryan Newman, who was leading Saturday night's race until MWR driver Clint Bowyer's solo spin with seven laps remaining brought out a caution.
Gordon, and his wife, Ingrid Vandebosch, posted several messages on Twitter following NASCAR's announcement expressing their displeasure with the decision. Gordon was in position to make the Chase in the closing laps by finishing in the Top 10 in points but with MWR's cars pitting and pulling off the track and losing positions Joey Logano ended up with claiming a position in the Top 10, leaving Gordon out.
"Feel bad for Truex. He got in under controversy now out due to it. But the guy who started all of this not effected at all??? Don't agree!" Gordon tweeted.
Responding to a fan's outcry of the decision, Vandebosch tweeted, "Yep, Joke it is!!!!"
Gordon went on to say, even he was taken out of the equation, he didn't agree with NASCAR effectively allowing Bowyer to contend for the series championship with no further penalty.