Napa Auto Parts and 5 Hour Energy are two of Michael Waltrip‘s sponsors and have joined the party in speaking about Waltrip’s actions at Richmond last Saturday. I can’t believe that these events have taken the Nascar world by storm taking away from the Chase and Sprint Cup Championship.
NAPA Auto Parts, the main sponsor of Martin Truex Jr., has released a statement on its Facebook page regarding Truex’s removal from the Sprint Cup.
“The actions taken by Michael Waltrip’s Racing team this past weekend leading to the penalties assessed by NASCAR, are very concerning. We are disappointed that a partner associated with our organization would make such a significant error in judgment. In addition, we have launched our own review to determine the future of our partnership with Michael Waltrip’s Racing team. The NAPA AUTO PARTS organization is proud of its long-standing NASCAR relationship. We share a passion with our customers for high quality racing and seek to determine the best course of action for our customers, NASCAR fans, and the NAPA organization.”
This isn’t the first time NAPA has been dragged through the mud at the expense of Waltrip. Back in 2007, Waltrip’s first race as a team owner with MWR, a jet fuel controversy emerged at Daytona and led to penalties, but not to the same extent that it has now.
Furthermore, 5-Hour Energy, sponsor of Clint Bowyer‘s No. 15 Toyota, released its own statement through Living Essentials.
“Living Essentials, the makers of 5-hour ENERGY® shots, understands the disappointment NASCAR fans feel in regards to the actions taken by Michael Waltrip Racing at Richmond. Living Essentials does not condone practices that violate NASCAR rules or the spirit of fair play. Living Essentials respects NASCAR’s penalties against Michael Waltrip Racing, and is addressing its sponsorship relations internally. We appreciate your understanding and patience in this matter.”
A lot of media attention is surrounded by public apparences. Waltrip has been on FOX Sports’ RaceHub and Bowyer made the rounds on ESPN’s SportsCenter yesterday. Truex has been silent since NASCAR dropped the hammer with the events of last weekend. As Nascar fans, we are tired of hearing about the drama but glad the truth has come out. Many race fans are still in shock. Lets get back to burning the rubber.
Contributing Writer: Jon @jdawgbortree
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