After a week of controversy and turmoil, NASCAR has given its final word concerning the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
NASCAR issued its final decision on the Chase in a press conference and making history at the same time as they add Jeff Gordon into the Chase lineup. After reviewing all material surrounding the final regular-season race, NASCAR deemed that Gordon had an unfair disadvantage.
With Gordon now in the Chase, it makes it the first time under the Chase stipulation that 13 drivers race for the Sprint Cup.
Following the allegations concerning Penske Racing and Front Row Motorsports making a deal in helping Joey Logano into the Chase, NASCAR decided to place both organizations on probation until the end of the year. No point deductions or other penalties besides both teams being placed on probation were made as NASCAR did not find any other evidence for a severe punishment.
NASCAR did mention that a mandatory meeting is scheduled for all teams and owners for Saturday afternoon.
With what looks to be the final word from NASCAR concerning the 2013 Chase, it still raises plenty of questions. After changing the lineup to the Chase for the second time in six days, it just leaves a couple “what if” questions and after all the changes, will there be changes to the Chase for next season?
NASCAR needed to take action for some of the events from Richmond, but the entire situation just seems like it has gone overboard now. From everything that occurred, it was obvious that NASCAR needs to take a stand for what Michael Waltrip Racing did in the finish. But when it came to Front Row and Penske, it was just something that happens all the time within teams. Now, changes will be made so that teams don’t arrange deals anymore.
The next 10 races for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will be interesting following what has seemed to be a very dramatic year in the Cup Series.
Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her On Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy