Thursday, October 17, 2013

BREAKING: Parrott Suspended For Substance Abuse

Todd Parrott, crew chief for Aric Almirola’s Richard Petty Motorsports Ford on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s Substance Abuse Policy. On Oct. 17, Parrott was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy) of the 2013 NASCAR Rule Book.

UPDATE: Richard Petty Motorsports has issued a written statement saying the team fully supports Parrott’s indefinite suspension from NASCAR. Sammy Johns, Vice President of Operations and Competition, will handle crew chief duties on the No. 43 Ford this weekend at Talladega.  He will also handle these duties on an interim basis until further notice.  

“We have an expectation of all RPM employees to conduct themselves at the highest level of professionalism and within the competitive confines as set forth by NASCAR," said Johns. "We are very disappointed that one of our employees did not meet our expectations and we completely support NASCAR, their policies and final decisions when it comes to the substance abuse policy."
 

15 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:34 PM

    Very sad. Never would have thought Todd would get in this kind of trouble and I hope he can come back stronger!

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  2. Anonymous4:43 PM

    ??????

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  3. Vicky Ashcraft5:05 PM

    I am hoping he is taking something for medical reason and that this will all get cleared up soon. Hard to believe that Todd would be taking drugs.

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    1. Anonymous5:46 PM

      Vicky I'm sure NASCAR would have checked that out prior to the suspension. I guarantee you he's guilty of taking a banned substance.

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  4. Here's hoping that NASCAR and RPM don't just hang Todd out to dry. Offer him some help or rehab. This guy has worked his butt off and sacrificed for his team. While I don't know what he did, the fact is he violated the rules and is reaping the punishment. But just don't leave him hanging. I had a problem at one time, and my employer was kind enough to get me some help even after I was terminated. Been straight ever since (17 years).

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    1. Mike, the good news is that NASCAR's Road To Recovery is open to everyone, and is tailored especially for each person's specific needs.

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    2. That's great news, Dave. Lets hope he takes them up on the rehab and we see Todd Parrott back well and better than ever.

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    3. Never expected this. Hope it was just a one-time error in judgment.

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  5. Anonymous5:49 PM

    I am still surprised that in this day and age people still think they can take something and not get busted. It must truly be a disease or just a momentary incredibly stupid lack of judgment.

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  6. Anonymous7:57 PM

    I know that everyone deserves a second chance BUT isn't a fair warning and seeing others get busted enough to make you think before you do anything so stupid. I think there should be a ZERO tolerance and no road to recovery.

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  7. I hope so too for his sake.(Accidently, or lack of Judgement) A well respected person in the NASCAR circle. Best wishes....

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  8. Tragically, even NASCAR stars are human. I hope Mr. Parrott gets the help he needs and comes back stronger. He surely has my support, little as that may be.

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  9. Anonymous12:11 AM

    Hope Todd enters RTR .

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  10. Anonymous8:21 AM

    Wow, how sad. now let's get him the help he needs. We are all human and we all make mistakes.

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