Scandal rocks NASCAR on eve of Sprint Cup

Martin Truex has been booted out of the field after NASCAR ruled Michael Waltrip Racing had...

Martin Truex has been booted out of the field after NASCAR ruled Michael Waltrip Racing had manipulated the results in the last race of the regular season to get him into the Chase for the Sprint Cup. (Getty Images/AFP)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:43 PM ET

There is an odour hanging over the start of the 10th Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship that not even the world-class NASCAR marketing geniuses can make go away.

Yesterday the 12 Chase drivers — with Ryan Newman now in the picture — had their second official photo session, this time on the shores of Lake Michigan in downtown Chicago.

Of course, the first official photo taken after Saturday’s regular season-ending race at Richmond International Raceway had to be altered when NASCAR discovered Michael Waltrip Racing had manipulated (that is a fancy word for “fixed”) the results to get its No. 56 Toyota driven by Martin Truex Jr. into the playoff. They did this by first having the No. 15 Toyota of Clint Bowyer spin out and then by having Brian Vickers in the No. 55 Toyota pit to further advance Truex’s hopes.

As a result, Truex was out Thursday and Newman, driver of the No. 39 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet, was in.


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