NASCAR clears the air about its teams can operate in the future

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LOUDON, N.H. — When Michael Waltrip Racing manipulated the outcome of the race at Richmond Sept. 7, it lost a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup and it was fined $300,000 by NASCAR.

The fallout from the incident continues to be felt on the eve of Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

While NASCAR teams had an unwritten code in which drivers are given latitude to allow a teammate to make an uncontested pass for track position, the teamwork MWR displayed at Richmond crossed the line.

“As multiple-car owners have become a very positive part of our sport [the] responsibility from NASCAR as well as the car owners [is] to maintain a fair and level playing field,’’ said NASCAR president Mike Helton.

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