What is the social media world saying about the penalties NASCAR levied against Michael Waltrip Racing?
Among other infractions cited by the governing body -- which found that MWR manipulated the outcome of Saturday night's regular-season finale at Richmond -- the points penalty against the No. 56 team effectively eliminated Martin Truex Jr. from Chase contention and gave Ryan Newman the second wild-card position.
Here's what they were tweeting Monday evening ...
Robin Pemberton, #NASCAR VP of competition: "It is our determination that MWR attempted to manipulate the outcome of the race."
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) September 10, 2013
So the car that caused all this still has a chance to win the championship and the one MWR car not in on it is out? #NASCAR
— Ryan McGee (@ESPNMcGee) September 10, 2013
This wasn't a master plan or about a spin. It's about a split-second decision made by Ty to try to help a teammate. I stand by my people.
— Michael Waltrip (@mw55) September 10, 2013
"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." -- Buddha
— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) September 10, 2013
The real punishment begins for MWR this weekend when they have to wear their shame while walking through the Cup garage. #NASCAR
— Bob Margolis (@BobMargolis) September 10, 2013
Newman says of MWR: "the potential is not good for us to be cordial to each other."
— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) September 9, 2013
NASCAR's new major "no-no" list..don't mess with engines, tires,or sport's integrity. See what we did to MWR, next team gets it even worse.
— Mark Garrow (@GuruGarrow) September 10, 2013
Newman is the night's big winner; but Jeff Gordon remains on the outside looking in at the Chase. Should #NASCAR have added a 13th driver?
— NASCAR on ESPN (@ESPNNASCAR) September 10, 2013
Feel bad for Truex. He got in under controversy now out due to it. But the guy who started all of this not effected at all??? Don't agree!
— Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) September 10, 2013
— Eddie Gossage (@eddiegossage) September 10, 2013
Pg. 4 .. I apologize to all who were affected by that decision in the greatest race for the chase in its 10 yr history
— Ty Norris (@Tymwr) September 10, 2013