NASCAR driver arrested; Suspended indefinitely

Cody Ware arrested following assault on a female; NASCAR team issues statement

On Friday April 8th, it was announced that Cody Ware was pulled from his No. 51 car just ahead of the race on the Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track. The NASCAR Cup Series machine is fielded by Rick Ware Racing.

Cody Ware pulled from car ahead of Bristol Dirt race

On April 10th, Ware was arrested in Iredell County, North Carolina. It was initially reported by the Iredell Free News.

The 27-year-old was arrested for felony assault by strangulation, inflicting serious injury and misdemeanor assault on a female. Further details of the case were not released.

Bond was set at $3,000.

With the news of the arrest, NASCAR has indefinitely suspended Ware. They noted sections 4.4.D of the NASCAR rule book in the penalty notice.

Ware has run 97 races in the NASCAR Cup Series since his debut in 2016. He’s collected one top-10 finish.

Rick Ware Racing: Statement

On Monday, Rick Ware Racing issued the following statement:

“We are aware of the incident regarding Cody Ware and his indefinite suspension from NASCAR competition. We understand NASCAR’s position on this matter and accept their decision.”

“The matter is still under investigation and Cody is fully cooperating with the authorities, as due process takes its course. RWR is committed to continuing our multi-car efforts in the NASCAR Cup Series and is in the process of finalizing our plans for the No. 51 entry at Martinsville Speedway, and beyond.”

“These plans will be announced in the coming days.”


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