NASCAR hands down sanctions to Jake Crum
May 22, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
NASCAR handed down sanctions Thursday to driver Jake Crum for rough driving in last weekend's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, restricting his competition eligibility to tracks of 1.25 miles or less, plus road courses.
Crum and driver Ryan Ellis tangled in the early stages of last Friday night's North Carolina Education Lottery 200, both spinning in Turn 2 to cause the second of the race's nine caution periods. Three cautions and 57 laps later, the two crashed again, with Crum appearing to turn left to hook Ellis' truck in retaliation on the backstretch.
The latter incident drew the attention of NASCAR officials, leading them to restrict Crum, 22, with the same eligibility limitations placed on drivers 18 years and younger.
"This is consistent with what we've done in the past for a situation like this," a NASCAR spokesperson said in a statement. "We have several options available -- we can issue a penalty at that time, we can even suspend a driver. We believe this reaction is the best method to let the driver know that this type of behavior on a fast 1.5-mile race track is not acceptable."
After the crash, Ellis dismounted and gave Crum an exasperated look as the field circled past under the yellow flag. Dale Earnhardt Jr. weighed in on the contact through Twitter.
Last Saturday at Iowa Speedway, Ellis -- who eventually finished 40th in the Nationwide Series' Get to Know Newton 250 -- showed the bruises of his heavy hit with the outside retaining wall and said he had spoken with Crum after a handful of missed calls.
"He had gotten into the wall earlier, and he said it affected his truck," Ellis told NASCAR.com. "He said it had gotten really darty. He meant to side-draft off me. There are no hard feelings."
Crum, who has competed in 14 events in his Camping World Truck Series career, was making his first start of the season in the John Corr-owned No. 82 Chevrolet.