NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers read riot act

Brian France (right), chairman & CEO of NASCAR, with Mike Helton, president of NASCAR, told Sprint...

Brian France (right), chairman & CEO of NASCAR, with Mike Helton, president of NASCAR, told Sprint Cup drivers, team owners and crew chiefs in a closed-door meeting Saturday that team orders will not be tolerated. (Getty)

DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:21 AM ET

JOLIET, ILL. - It took just 17 minutes for angry NASCAR boss Brian France to lay down the law to Sprint Cup drivers, team owners and crew chiefs in a closed-door meeting Saturday afternoon at Chicagoland Speedway. No more team orders.

France, according to people there, read the riot act, saying NASCAR would come down hard — including expulsion from the sport — for any action by teams or individuals that would alter the outcome of any race.

The NASCAR chairman also reportedly read media excerpts to the gathering that denigrated the sport in the week since Michael Waltrip Racing attempted to manipulate the order of finish at Richmond International Raceway so that its No. 56 Toyota driven by Martin Truex Jr. could make the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

And subsequently that Penske Racing and Front Row Racing conspired to earn the Penske No. 22 Ford of Joey Logano a top-10 finish in the points battle.


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