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NASCAR has tightened many of the areas that allowed the manipulations to occur in a series of new rules that were outlined for the teams and will begin Sunday. Among them:

_No more deals, no offering a position in exchange for a favor or material benefit, no altering the finish, no intentionally causing a caution, no intentionally pitting to gain advantage for another competitor or intentionally wrecking another competitor. The list of things not allowed is a work in progress, NASCAR President Mike Helton said. Penalties can include suspension.

_Only one spotter per team will be allowed on the spotter stand. It means Roger Penske can no longer watch the race from his preferred perch on the roof, and NASCAR will install a camera atop every roof to monitor things.

_Digital radios are now banned on the spotter stand, meaning spotters can no longer communicate on a private channel with a team. Spotters will also be limited to two analog radios, scanners and a handheld fan device. All communications from the spotter stand to the team can be monitored by the public.

_NASCAR said it will address new restart rules Sunday. Some drivers have complained about inconsistency on how restarts have been policed all season, and fans complained winner Carl Edwards jumped early last week past leader Paul Menard. It’s been overshadowed in the Chase controversy, and will apparently be addressed before Sunday’s race.

Gordon had hoped the meeting would lead to positive changes for the sport.

“This has probably been coming for a couple years now and needed to change sooner,” Gordon said. “I like the fact that some things are going to change because all we all want to do is race our guts out every single lap. None of us want to go out there and give up a spot or race somebody different because our teammate is running for a championship. We want to go out there racing for every position, every lap, as hard as we can.”

France said he didn’t speak to any drivers after the meeting, but sensed a redefining of the rules was overdue.

“This is what they want. They want to have clarity and they don’t like team rules, and they don’t like some of the things that have gone on in the past,” France said. “They’re never pleased when we call them to a meeting. But I also believe that they understand what we want to get back to _ it’s to not worry about anything but winning races and doing your best.”

Paul Wolfe, crew chief for defending series champion Brad Keselowski, said NASCAR was clear in its meeting.

“I think it got everyone’s attention,” Wolfe said. “I think everyone should have a pretty clear understanding … if you go out there and run 100 percent to your ability and run a normal race, then everything will be fine.”

Seven-time champion and Hall of Famer Richard Petty believes none of the events at Richmond differed from what occurred a week earlier at Atlanta. But because of the stakes _ 10 drivers vying for five Chase berths _ he said the actions of a few were magnified and NASCAR had to act.

“If it had happened at Atlanta, nobody would have paid any attention to it,” Petty said. “But, it was a perfect storm (at Richmond). That’s what makes such a big deal out of it.”

For NASCAR, the next step is getting back on track on Sunday and putting on a good, clean race.

“Circumstances happen that are unhelpful in the credibility category, there’s no doubt about that,” France said. “You go back to what you’re about, and what we’re about is the best racing in the world with the best drivers giving 100 percent of their ability.”