More Allegations Of Race “Fixing” At RIR
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Waltrip Racing may not have been the only team involved in helping to “fix” the finish of Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond Int’l Raceway.
While NASCAR served record penalties to MWR, including a $300,000 fine and kicking driver Martin Truex Jr. out of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup because the team’s other drivers Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers played a role in creating a late-race caution flag and giving up spots on the race track to help Truex qualify for the Chase, FOX Sports 1 has produced what it calls “evidence” that the Front Row Motorsports team and Penske Racing worked together to help Joey Logano earn a place in the Chase.
Radio records aired by the network this afternoon include a voice thought to be that of David Gilliland’s crew chief Frank Kerr, directing communication between Gilliland’s spotter and that of Logano.
In the conversation played by FOX Sports 1, it could be argued that Kerr is negotiating for a bigger pay off from Team Penske, saying: “Travis (Geisler, competition director for Team Penske) knows what I’ve been asking for.”
However, FOX Sports 1, did not offer any evidence or records of Team Penske radio traffic that would implicate the team in the allegations.
NASCAR for its part, issued the following statement: “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.”