JOLIET, Ill. -- NASCAR has added Jeff Gordon to the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field, a stunning and unprecedented step in the fallout from at least two attempts to manipulate the results at the season-ending race at Richmond last weekend.
NASCAR Chairman Brian France expanded the field to 13 drivers for the first time since the format was implemented 10 years ago.
Front Row Motorsports asked for a deal from Logano's Penske Racing team at Richmond that would allow Logano to make the Chase field.
It involved having Front Row driver, David Gilliland, slow down to let Logano move up according to an Associated Press review of radio communications.
That bumped Gordon out of the running for the 10-race playoff. France said NASCAR could not determine a deal was made, but still believed including Gordon in the Chase field was necessary.
France placed Front Row Racing and Penske Racing on probation the rest of the season.