Former Cup crew chief Todd Parrott reinstated by NASCAR

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Former Sprint Cup crew chief Todd Parrott (pictured, from 2012) has been reinstated by NASCAR after completing its Substance Abuse Policy “Road to Recovery” program.

Parrott, who won the 1999 Cup championship as crew chief for Dale Jarrett, was suspended indefinitely by the sanctioning body on Oct. 17, 2013 for violating the aforementioned policy.

Five days later, he was released by Richard Petty Motorsports, where he had been serving as crew chief for the No. 43 Ford of Aric Almirola. Greg Ebert stepped in as interim crew chief for the last four races of 2013, and in December, Trent Owens was named to the post.

Shortly after his release from RPM, Parrott apologized for his actions and also vowed to return to the Cup circuit.

“I’m going to beat the bushes and see what’s out there, and when I come back, I’m going to be coming back pretty strong,” he told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at the time.

“It’s just part of my family. It’s in my blood. NASCAR is where I want to be. It’s all I know. It’s all I’ve done. I’m going to work hard to get back to the top.”

Best of luck to him as he attempts to do just that.

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

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