Source: Sporting News

NASCAR will review the events that led up to the controversial finish of the race Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway.

It is typical procedure for NASCAR officials to review every race the following Monday or Tuesday, but this review will include a discussion on whether Michael Waltrip Racing’s Clint Bowyer spun intentionally to bring out the caution on lap 394 of the 400-lap event.

Bowyer’s spin set off a chain of events that allowed his MWR teammate Martin Truex Jr. to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

If the race had remained green, it was likely Ryan Newman would win the race to knock Truex out of wild-card contention while Jeff Gordon would have earned the final top-10 spot, leaving Joey Logano out of NASCAR’s championship hunt.

Instead, Logano made the top 10 and Truex earned the wild card while Newman and Gordon missed the Chase field.

While NASCAR didn’t penalize Bowyer at the time of the frenetic finish, Bowyer’s in-car audio as well as in-car cameras will make NASCAR take a second look.

NASCAR President Mike Helton, speaking to the Associated Press at the Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway, said NASCAR didn’t see anything that indicated the spin was on purpose.

“It's natural when everything was as close as it was between who was going to get in and not go in to scratch your heads and try to figure out and wonder why,” Helton told the AP.

“But we didn't see anything initially (Saturday) night that indicated that, but certainly we'll go back through all the video and everything to be sure, because we take the responsibility very serious to be sure that it's—that everybody has had a fair chance."

NASCAR could still issue penalties, but it would be unprecedented for it to adjust the Chase field and make any points penalties retroactive.

It is against NASCAR rules to intentionally bring out the caution. When NASCAR penalizes during a race, it often has a driver held in his pit box for at least a few laps.

Bowyer’s in-car audio has him being told: “Is your arm starting to hurt? I bet it’s hot in there. Itch it.”

Bowyer denied that he spun intentionally on the last lap.

“I think we had something going wrong,” Bowyer said, latter adding, “The 88 (of Dale Earnhardt Jr.) got up underneath of me. I had so much wheel (turned) by the time I got to the gas, he was underneath me. I spun out.”

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