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December 12, 2023

NASCAR officials reinstate Cup Series driver Cody Ware

cody ware looks on at daytona

NASCAR officials reinstated Cup Series driver Cody Ware on Tuesday.

Ware had been suspended indefinitely by the sanctioning body on April 10 after the 28-year-old (then 27) was arrested by the Iredell County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office on a felony charge of “assault by strangulation — inflict serious injury” and a misdemeanor charge of “assault on female.” The charges have since been dropped.

RELATED: NASCAR officials indefinitely suspend Ware

Ware made seven Cup Series starts to begin 2023 behind the wheel of the No. 51 for Rick Ware Racing – the Cup Series team owned by his father – before being vacated from the seat and missing the rest of the season. Several drivers filled in for Ware in the No. 51 the rest of the year, including seven from Cup veteran Ryan Newman.

Ware has raced in the Cup Series since 2017. His best finish in 97 career starts is sixth place in August 2022 at Daytona International Speedway.