In a brief statement provided via text message 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
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.