During last Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Jake Crum came down the backstraight and contacted Ryan Ellis in the rear, which sent Ellis into the wall just before and into Turn 3.
While the incident was controversial, especially because Ellis didn’t do anything to deserve the contact, there hadn’t been any punishment assessed to Crum.
At least there hadn’t been, until Thursday, when NASCAR confirmed it had pulled Crum’s eligibility on oval tracks larger than 1.25-miles, according to a report by Sporting News’ Bob Pockrass.
“The decision to do this was made as a reaction to his unacceptable driving last weekend at Charlotte,” NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp told Pockrass in an e-mail.
After the punishment went down, Crum had this to say, which he wrote on Twitter:
Thank you to the fans, drivers & teams who have reached out to me with encouragement. I respect NASCAR’s decision & I’ll do as they’ve asked
— Jake Crum (@JakeSnakeCrum) May 23, 2014
Ellis, who’s taken the high road and been responsive to fan tweets since the accident, tweeted back this nice note to Crum later on. Crum can still compete on ovals less than 1.25 miles and road courses.
@JakeSnakeCrum all good man. Things taken out of context a lot. See ya at Dover.
— Ryan Ellis (@ryanellisracing) May 23, 2014