NAPA To Part Ways With Michael Waltrip Racing

4:29 PM, Sep 19, 2013   |    comments
  • Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. will not have NAPA on his uniform in 2014 (Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports)
  • NAPA was one of the few companies which served as a primary sponsor for all 36 Sprint Cup events (Peter Casey, USA Today Sports)
  • Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. and his car owner Michael Waltrip face an uncertain future(Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports)
    
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NAPA Auto Parts is leaving Michael Waltrip Racing after the team's attempt to manipulate a race to get Martin Truex Jr. into NASCAR's version of the playoffs.

 

Truex's primary sponsor was in the first year of a three-year extension announced last August. The deal ran through the 2015 season.

 

The company issued a harsh rebuke of MWR last week after NASCAR sanctioned the organization for its shenanigans in the Sept. 7 race at Richmond. MWR was punished for deliberately manipulating the outcome of the race in an attempt to get Truex into the 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field.

 

NASCAR kicked Truex out of the Chase and conducted a larger investigation that uncovered at least one other case of race manipulation.

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