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“What? I’ve got to pit? I don’t understand. Pit right now?” Vickers says in disbelief.

“You’ve got to pit this time. We need that one point,” Norris responds.

“10-4. Do I got a tire going down?” Vickers says.

Vickers then pitted as the field went green. When he asked after if his crew found anything with the tire, Norris replied, “I’ll see you after the race, Brian, I owe you a kiss.”

Helton indicated Monday that the conversation between Norris and Vickers, with Vickers‘ confusion over the directives he was given, was the smoking gun against MWR.

“The preponderance of things that happened … the most clear was the direction that the 55 driver was given and the confusion around it, and then the conversation following that occurrence,” Helton said. “That’s the most clear piece of evidence.”

Waltrip also mentioned the sequence when he apologized in a statement on Monday night.

“What occurred on the No. 55 radio at the end of Saturday night’s race in Richmond was a split-second decision made by team spotter Ty Norris to bring the No. 55 to pit lane and help a teammate earn a place in the Chase,” he said. “We regret the decision and its impact.”

Norris also apologized in a series of tweets posted late Monday night.

“There was no time to think just act. Though it was to benefit MWR it is now clear it was to the detriment of the sport I love and have called home for the past 24 years,” he posted.

Gordon’s reaction to NASCAR’s ruling focused on Truex, who did nothing to land in his teammates’ mess, and Bowyer, who escaped unscathed.

“Feel bad for Truex. He got in under controversy now out due to it. But the guy who started all of this not effected at all??? Don’t agree!” Gordon posted on Twitter.

Bowyer denied Saturday night he intentionally spun and Truex was an unwitting participant. Waltrip said the team will learn from what happened and move on.

The controversy surrounding Saturday’s race put a damper on Newman’s announcement Monday that he had reached a deal with Richard Childress Racing to replace Jeff Burton next season in the No. 31 Chevrolet.

“What happened to me Saturday night is the toughest thing that I’ve ever gone through in any kind of racing in my 30 years of driving because of the way everything went down,” Newman said.

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