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NASCAR officials have decided to replace Martin Truex Jr. of Michael Waltrip Racing with Ryan Newman in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, while Jeff Gordon has also been placed in the season-ending competition as well. 

 

NAPA announced on Facebook that it will end its sponsorship agreement with Michael Waltrip Racing:

Michael Waltrip Photo below Getty Images 

  

After thorough consideration, NAPA has made the difficult decision to end its sponsorship arrangement with Michael Waltrip Racing effective December 31, 2013. NAPA believes in fair play and does not condone actions such as those that led to the penalties assessed by NASCAR. We remain supportive of the millions of NASCAR fans and will evaluate our future position in motorsports. Based upon our review of the race at Richmond, it is our determination that the MWR organization attempted to manipulate the outcome of the race. As the sport’s sanctioning body, it is our responsibility to ensure there is a fair and level playing field for all of our competitors and this action today reflects our commitment to that.

 

Michael Waltrip released a statement following the announcement on Michael Waltrip Racing's Facebook account:

“NAPA has been with me from winning two Daytona 500s, to missing races with a new start-up team, and back to victory lane again. The relationship grew far past that of just a sponsor, but more of a partner and a friend. We will not be racing a NAPA car in 2014, but I have friendships that will last a lifetime.

“To the fans and those who made their voice heard through social media, as the owner, I am responsible for all actions of MWR. I sincerely apologize for the role our team played and for the lines NASCAR has ruled were crossed by our actions at Richmond. NASCAR met with the competitors in Chicago and we all know how we are expected to race forward.”

Next up, it's on to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Sylvania 300 Sunday at 2 pm!

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