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It’s a tried-and-true practice in NASCAR, where teammates have long swapped position to allow a teammate _ or even a driver from the same manufacturer _ to lead a lap and earn a needed bonus point. Other lower-profile moves occur throughout the season.

On its face, what Vickers did Saturday didn’t raise too many eyebrows. But NASCAR President Mike Helton said “the preponderance of things that happened by Michael Waltrip Racing Saturday night, the most clear was the direction that (Vickers) was given and the confusion around it,” meaning Vickers’ laying down for Logano was the smoking gun.

That could mean that Gilliland doing the same for Logano is a punishable offense and that NASCAR opened up a Pandora’s box in singling out Vickers’ trip down pit road as the punishable offense in the MWR actions at Richmond.

Kyle Busch, who goes into the Chase tied for second, believes teammates help one another on the track. A year ago at Richmond, Denny Hamlin pitted late to help Busch gain a position on the track. It wasn’t enough as Busch still lost out on the Chase to Gordon.

“I say you do whatever you’ve got to do to get your team in,” Busch said Wednesday at Dover. “If you’re in that position and you have multi-team cars, that’s what they’re there for. Some people say I’m full of crap and you’re not supposed to manipulate the end of the race. Just let it play out as it plays out. Let the best man win. But, I was in the same position last year. There were ways it could have been manipulated and I could have gotten myself in the Chase. But I didn’t do it. And I missed the Chase.”