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AP sources: NASCAR boots Truex from Chase

Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:14:41 AM EST   Updated On: Sep 09 2013 09:48:23 PM EDT
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The Michael Waltrip Racing Team in January during the NASCAR Media Tour. From left to right, Martin Truex Jr., Mark Martin, Brian Vickers, and Clint Bowyer.

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — -

Ryan Newman is replacing Martin Truex Jr. in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship as part of NASCAR'S penalties against Michael Waltrip Racing for manipulating the outcome of last weekend's race at Richmond.

Two independent people familiar with the situation described the penalties to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because NASCAR had yet to announce its decision. The governing body had scheduled a news conference for Monday night.

Michael Waltrip Racing has been fined $300,000, and general manager Ty Norris is suspended indefinitely. Truex, Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers have been docked 50 points apiece.

The action by NASCAR is a result of Bowyer intentionally spinning with seven laps remaining to bring out a caution with Newman leading Saturday night. Newman was racing Truex for the final spot in the 12-driver Chase field.