Capping a historic week with another unprecedented move, NASCAR on Friday added Jeff Gordon as the 13th driver in the Chase for the Cup in what is normally a 12-driver championship playoff.
NASCAR found that the cumulative effect of a series of questionable moves by other drivers and teams at Saturday night’s race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway prevented Gordon from earning a Chase berth.
There were “too many things that altered the event and gave an unfair disadvantage to Jeff and his team,” NASCAR Chairman Brian France told reporters at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., site of the first Sprint Cup Series race Sunday in the 10-race Chase.
“I have the authority to do that, we are going to do that,” France said of adding Gordon, the four-time Cup champion who drives for Hendrick Motorsports.
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