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Martin Truex, Jr. does not deserve what MWR has done to him

By admin | September 20, 2013

Martin Truex, Jr. has been put in a tough spot by his own team. 

By Richard Allen

Martin Truex, Jr. must feel like a college football player who has had his team hit with sanctions from the NCAA for violations committed by players and coaches who left the university years earlier. In other words, his world has come crashing down around him because of the actions of other people.

After the race in Richmond, Truex was on top of the world as he appeared to have made the Chase for the Sprint Cup by the slimmest of margins. However, it was later deemed by NASCAR that the driver’s Michael Waltrip Racing team had engaged in inappropriate actions to get him that Chase berth.

MWR driver Brian Vickers pitted after being told he had a tire going down that he was apparently unable to detect from the driver’s seat. That move essentially gave Truex a position on the track, and thus, another much needed point. Also, MWR driver Clint Bowyer suspiciously spun late in the race while Ryan Newman was leading. That was important because a Newman victory would prevent Truex from getting the final wildcard invitation into the ten race playoff. Ultimately, a poor pit stop by Newman’s crew shuffled him back in the pack and cost him a win.

As a result of all this, NASCAR docked Truex and MWR enough points to bump the #56 team from the Chase.

And to make things worse, Truex’s sponsor- NAPA Auto Parts- has decided that it no longer wants to be associated with MWR and pulled its financial backing from the car. Without full sponsorship, the #56 car will be in jeopardy despite statements by team co-owner Michael Waltrip that he plans to continue operations with that team.

The troubling thing in all this is that Truex himself played no role in all the shenanigans that took place in Richmond. It was MWR General Manager Ty Norris who gave the directives for Vickers to do what he did. And, even after evidence of very odd radio chatter and comments made by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and other drivers, Waltrip continues to maintain that Bowyer’s spin was not intentional.

Truex was knocked out of the Chase and has seen his sponsor depart. These two happenings are the fault of Michael Waltrip Racing and no one else. The evidence is overwhelming against that organization. NASCAR may have created the culture that allowed this to happen but it ultimately wasn’t them who made the decisions that were made. And it wasn’t the media’s fault for pointing out what happened.

Martin Truex’s racing career hangs in the balance, and it was MWR that did it to him. In a season in which he won his first Sprint Cup race since 2007 and seemed to have made the Chase, his world has come crashing down. And it was because of the actions of others.


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9 Responses to “Martin Truex, Jr. does not deserve what MWR has done to him”

  1. Russ Says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Rich, don’t forget that its not just Truex. How about the mechanics, parts people, truck drivers, etc. Anybody associated with the car was taken advantage of by their employer.
    An employer that failed to acknowledge any wrong doing until after they realized that NAPA might not be the only sponsor taking their millions elsewhere. Even then it was the most grudging of admissions.

  2. Benjamin P. Glaser Says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    If I’m Truex I’d sue for breach of contract and find another ride.

  3. Terry T Says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    When I first heard that Mikie Waltrip was forming a team I thought there is no way that clown can run a team. Turns out I was right.

  4. Tony Geinzer Says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    This is worse than DiGart! For those uneducated on NASCAR History, Ol’ DW had to SUE his way OUT of a Ride! And the only other time anyone used a lawsuit for good was Elliott Sadler, to get his ride back. Other than that, its just crock. But, frankly, I would fire FOX Sports for being manipulative liars and worse, it would smack down of Ginn all over again and Vickers, Mikey, Ty Norris and Clint Bowyer’s next mistakes could get them into the Substance Abuse Program and it is a sad pity of a falling power and an indiffering owner who doesn’t know anything but power and not actually owning and accounting.

  5. zhills fan Says:
    September 21st, 2013 at 4:44 am

    Seems to me that Norris is the biggest problem.

  6. Lydia Says:
    September 21st, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Tony G…..your comment started out lucid…but it sort of went down hill after that. What has Fox to do with anything and why sue them? I do feel bad for Truex..if I was him and could find another decent ride I’d bolt… It’s got to be uncomfortable in that garage area. If Truex manages a win before the season ends it would be a tear filled rousing moment…I think the fans would go wild! (In a good way.) if I was 5 Hour Energy I would tell MWR they’ll continue their sponsorship ONLY if they are switched to sponsor Truex! That would be some justice…

  7. Jesse Says:
    September 21st, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Come on people, you think Truex had no idea of all this, I feel sorry for him but you can’t believe he wasn’t in on the pre-race meeting. Miky, him and OJ are two of a kind and then you throw in his loud mouth brother, what a pair.

  8. Wayne Says:
    September 21st, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Looks like Terry T and I think alike. That’s exactly what I thought as well, MW a car owner, what a joke. I prefer buffoon rather than clown.

  9. midasmicah Says:
    September 22nd, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Wayne. Regarding Waltrip, a leopard doesn’t change it’s spots. He’s been caught before. What’s galling is that not what he did. It’s how badly they did it.