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Mar 18, 2015 at 22:21 o\clock

NAPA Auto Parts leaving Michael Waltrip Racing after Chase scandal

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Napa is Truex's primary sponsor and in the first year of a three-year extension announced last August. The deal ran through the 2015 season and is believed to be worth at least $15 million a year.

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.

The penalties levied against MWR led to a larger NASCAR investigation that uncovered at least one other case of race manipulation.

Waltrip apologized for the first time for MWR's actions at Richmond.

As the owner, I am responsible for all actions of MWR. I sincerely apologize for the role our team played and for the lines NASCAR has ruled were crossed by our actions at Richmond.

Aaron's, sponsor of Brian Vickers for MWR, said it remains dedicated to the organization, but Clint Bowyer sponsor 5-Hour Energy said Thursday it was still evaluating its relationship with MWR.

The company took over sponsorship of Truex when he joined MWR in 2010 and as Waltrip's replacement.

This is http://www.slideshare.net/mikemichaels111222/ss-43389997 - advance auto coupons - the second scandal NAPA has been through with Waltrip, who was found to have a fuel additive in his engine in his debut race, the 2007 Daytona 500.

It was also Toyota's debut race. Waltrip had a miserable season that year, failing to qualify for 20 races with NAPA as his sponsor and nearly going bankrupt.

He recovered, in large part, after MWR co-owner Rob Kauffman pumped in much-needed cash and brought stability and accountability to the organization.

Michael Waltrip Racing said in a statement it respects NAPA's decision.

With the support of our corporate partners we are preparing to field three teams in 2014.

Waltrip also credited NAPA for his success as a driver and team owner.

We will not be racing a NAPA car in 2014, but I have friendships that will last a lifetime."



The loss of a primary sponsor, particularly with only nine races left in the season, is a big blow to Waltrip. It will be a tremendous challenge to quickly replace the money because NAPA is a rare sponsor that covers the entire 36-race Sprint Cup schedule.

Should MWR not secure sponsorship to replace NAPA, it could lead to layoffs of nearly 100 employees and the possible shuttering of Truex's team. Truex could be out of job, as well.

One solution could have been a partnership with Furniture Row Racing, which will lose its lone driver, Kurt Busch, after this season. Furniture Row tried during the summer to defect from Chevrolet to Toyota, only to learn Toyota didn't have the space to accommodate another team.

An alliance with MWR could have gotten Furniture Row in the Toyota family, and been a potential landing spot for Truex should Waltrip fail to figure out another solution to save his third car. But Furniture Row a week ago agreed to continue its arrangement with Chevrolet team Richard Childress Racing.

Bowyer spun with seven laps remaining to bring out a caution that prevented Newman from winning the race, and Vickers pitted late to benefit Truex.


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