Driver says he was "unaware of other circumstances"
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Martin Truex Jr. took to Twitter on Wednesday for his first comments since NASCAR handed down its penalties against Michael Waltrip Racing on Monday.
The penalties took Truex out of the Chase and put Ryan Newman in the 12-driver field.
In five tweets on Twitter, Truex said, "I just want to take a min to thank my fans, NAPA AUTO PARTS, Toyota, NASCAR, my fellow competitors, & MWR for their support. I was very excited for my team when I learned that we clinched a wild card spot Sat night in Richmond. I drove the hardest race of my life that night & was unaware of any other circumstances other than needing to finish as high as I could to have a chance. This has been a very difficult situation for everyone involved, I hope we can all move on. Im looking forward to Chicago, seeing all my fans & getting back in my #56 NAPA Toyota, Thank you for all the messages. They are much appreciated."
NASCAR penalized Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer, along with teammate Brian Vickers, 50 points Monday after it was determined that MWR officials attempted to “manipulate the outcome” of Saturday night’s race.
MWR was also docked 50 owner points for the respective teams and the three crew chiefs – Brian Pattie, Chad Johnston and Scott Miller – have been placed on probation through Dec. 31. Ty Norris, executive vice president and general manager, has been suspended indefinitely.
In addition, MWR was fined $300,000.
NAPA Auto Parts posted a message on its Facebook page on Wednesday, that the organization was looking into its sponsorship relationship with MWR.