Roush said that he understood that Bayne had been forced to make "a split-second decision ... where it was almost certain that not everyone was going to be satisfied," and that it was all a hard but necessary learning experience in the realities of motor racing for the 20-year-old.
And Jeff Gordon is certainly among those not satisfied with the outcome.
"I unfortunately think it took away an opportunity for Trevor Bayne to win that race by doing that," he pointed out. "If he had stayed in behind me, I think we could have battled those two guys up there for the lead. And then he could have dumped me coming to the line like Clint Bowyer did [to Jeff Burton] and finished ahead of me, and got possibly a win or a very good finish for that team.
"This whole manufacturer thing, they've got to be careful," he warned. "All of us have to be careful of saying 'We cannot work with them,' because you might take away the possibility of you winning the race for your manufacturer by being too strict with those guidelines.
"That's just the way I feel about it."