The following statement is in response to the penalties handed down today by NASCAR to Michael Waltrip Racing following the race weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

Martin Truex Jr., Michael Waltrip Racing, David Reutimann, Michael Waltrip Racing
Martin Truex Jr., Michael Waltrip Racing, David Reutimann, Michael Waltrip Racing

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“Michael Waltrip Racing is ultra-sensitive and very serious about working within the guidelines of NASCAR policy. We do not condone this type of activity and as such we will take appropriate internal corrective action immediately. We thank NASCAR for providing a fair and equitable platform for all of its competitors and respect its decisions; therefore, we will not appeal.”

The following team personnel moves will take effect until NASCAR reinstates the suspended crew members:

No. 56 Team - Veteran crew chief Pat Tryson will serve as interim crew chief in place of suspended crew chief Chad Johnston at Martinsville

- Allen Mincey, No. 56 race mechanic, will serve as interim car chief in place of suspended car chief Tony Lunders

No. 00 Team - Bobby Kennedy, executive vice president of race operations, will serve as interim crew chief in place of Rodney Childers

- Chris Hall, No. 00 race mechanic, will serve as interim car chief in place of suspended car chief Steve Channing

Both crew and car chiefs will return to their positions following their suspensions.