Truex tire changer fired after violation
August 20, 2013, David Caraviello, NASCAR.com
Crewmember for No. 56 MWR team suspended indefinitely
A member of Martin Truex Jr.’s pit crew has been fired by Michael Waltrip Racing after violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy.
Eric Maycroft, front-tire changer on the No. 56 team, was found in violation of NASCAR’s substance abuse policy this past Friday, according to the sanctioning body, and suspended indefinitely by NASCAR on Tuesday. MWR said Maycroft was no longer with the organization.
“Michael Waltrip Racing fully supports NASCAR’s substance abuse polices and those who complete the Road to Recovery program,” the team said in a statement. “MWR’s zero tolerance policy has resulted in the immediate termination of the employee.”
The reason for the violation was not specified. Competitors found in violation of NASCAR’s substance-abuse policy are eligible for reinstatement upon completion of the Road to Recovery program, which varies according to the individual and the offense.
The firing comes at a crucial time for the No. 56 team, which is in contention for a berth to the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Truex is currently 12th in series points and maintains hold of the second Wild Card position entering this Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) at Bristol Motor Speedway.