Logano To Be Booted From Chase?
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
The final word on what happened on Saturday night in the Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway may not yet have been spoken.
Fox Sports is reporting Wednesday afternoon that Joey Logano of Penske Racing may gotten into the Chase with help from David Gilliland and his team late in Saturday’s race.
According to Fox, two-way radio traffic between Gilliland and his Front Row Motorsports team has been uncovered which contains talk of Gilliland letting Logano past him late in the race in exchange for future considerations.
During the radio dialogue on Gilliland’s channel, a voice thought be to be crew chief Frank Kerr’s, tells the spotter to tell Logano’s spotter that the track position “better pay big.”
“The committee knows what I’ve been asking for,” the voice says.
“We’ve got the big dog and all his cronies,” the spotter replies.
The voice said to be Kerr’s then says: “Travis knows what I’ve been asking for,” an reference assumed to be Penske Racing competition director Travis Geisler.
A short time later, Logano passed Gilliland on a restart and finished 22nd.
Logano passed Gilliland after the final restart and was able to edge past Jeff Gordon in the bid for the final Chase berth.
As the drivers crossed the finish line, the 38 spotter said, ”Good job, good job, man. Hopefully we’ll get something out of that.”
Martin Truex Jr. was ousted from the Chase on Monday when NASCAR docked him 50 points because officials believed that his team, Michael Waltrip Racing, had manipulated the outcome of the race by having Clint Bowyer spin and force a caution on purpose, and having a Brian Vickers pit late in the race for no other reason that to advance Truex’s position.
Those penalties put Ryan Newman into the Chase in Truex’s spot.
On Wednesday, NASCAR issued the following statement about the situation:
“NASCAR is aware of reports about the #22 and #38 radio communications at Richmond International Raceway and is looking into it, but has yet to see anything in full context that requires any action.”
On Thursday morning, NASCAR issued this statement:
NASCAR is continuing to gather all the facts from last Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Richmond International Raceway. NASCAR will have no further comment until all the facts have been examined.”
(This story will be updated as more information becomes available)10 Comments