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NASCAR correct on Truex/Newman?

NASCAR made a statement Monday, and it wasn't just words. The racing outfit booted Martin Truex Jr. from its coveted Chase for the Sprint Cup because it found that Michael Waltrip Racing manipulated the outcome of Saturday night's regular-season finale at Richmond. In all, Truex, Clint Bowyer and teammate Brian Vickers were docked 50 points each -- although Bowyer's spot in the Chase was not affected -- general manager Ty Norris received an indefinite suspension and Michael Waltrip Racing was fined $300,000. Newman, meanwhile, gets a shot at the title. Did NASCAR make the right call?

  • What do you think of NASCAR booting Martin Truex Jr. from the Chase, and replacing him with Ryan Newman, because it found Michael Waltrip Racing manipulated the outcome Saturday?

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  • Jeff Gordon was left out of the Chase as a result of Michael Waltrip Racing's actions. How should NASCAR address the issue?

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  • Will Ryan Newman make the Chase with Richard Childress Racing in 2014?

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  • In this day of multicar teams, were the alleged actions of Michael Waltrip Racing at Richmond fair or foul?

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  • Will Monday's ruling affect Clint Bowyer's performance in the Chase?

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  • Which driver will win the Sprint Cup title this year?

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  • Jeff Gordon was left out of the Chase as a result of Michael Waltrip Racing's actions. How should NASCAR address the issue?

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Matt Kenseth survived 14 cautions, the most ever at Kansas and the most of the 2012 season, to win his second race in three weeks, but he still remains ninth in the standings. Brad Keselowski finished eighth and continues to sit atop the points leaderboard. Whom do you see winning the Sprint Cup title? Submit your rankings now!

NASCAR Chase drivers

Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski

2250 points

Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson

2243 points

Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin

2230 points

Clint Bowyer

Clint Bowyer

2225 points

Kasey Kahne

Kasey Kahne

2220 points

Martin Truex Jr.

Martin Truex Jr.

2207 points

Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart

2203 points

Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon

2199 points

Matt Kenseth

Matt Kenseth

2195 points

Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick

2191 points

Greg Biffle

Greg Biffle

2188 points

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2128 points

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Clint Bowyer sits fourth in the points standings after holding off Denny Hamlin under the lights of Charlotte Motor Speedway to win the fifth race of this year's Chase. Brad Keselowski finished outside the top 10 for the first time, but still remains atop the points leaderboard. Whom do you see winning the Sprint Cup title? Submit your rankings now!

NASCAR Chase drivers

Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski

2214 points

Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson

2207 points

Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin

2199 points

Clint Bowyer

Clint Bowyer

2186 points

Kasey Kahne

Kasey Kahne

2179 points

Greg Biffle

Greg Biffle

2171 points

Martin Truex Jr.

Martin Truex Jr.

2165 points

Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart

2164 points

Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon

2164 points

Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick

2158 points

Matt Kenseth

Matt Kenseth

2147 points

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2128 points

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Matt Kenseth won under caution at Talladega Speedway after defending Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart caused a 25-car pileup that affected 10 of the 12 Chase contenders. Does Kenseth, who currently sits 12th in the points standings, have a legitimate chance of winning year's championship? Submit your rankings now!

NASCAR Chase drivers

Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski

2179 points

Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson

2165 points

Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin

2156 points

Kasey Kahne

Kasey Kahne

2143 points

Clint Bowyer

Clint Bowyer

2139 points

Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon

2137 points

Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart

2133 points

Martin Truex Jr.

Martin Truex Jr.

2131 points

Greg Biffle

Greg Biffle

2130 points

Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick

2130 points

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2128 points

Matt Kenseth

Matt Kenseth

2117 points

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Brad Keselowski won his second race of this year's Chase for the Cup and sits at the top of the points standings. Will he maintain his lead and become the first driver to win the Chase after leaving Dover atop the leaderboard? Submit your rankings now!

NASCAR Chase drivers

Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski

2142 points

Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson

2137 points

Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin

2126 points

Clint Bowyer

Clint Bowyer

2117 points

Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart

2110 points

Kasey Kahne

Kasey Kahne

2110 points

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2103 points

Martin Truex Jr.

Martin Truex Jr.

2100 points

Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick

2096 points

Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon

2094 points

Greg Biffle

Greg Biffle

2091 points

Matt Kenseth

Matt Kenseth

2070 points

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