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Report: NASCAR parks Truck driver Jake Crum on large ovals after Charlotte accident (VIDEO)

May 22, 2014, 11:43 PM EDT

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:

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.

  1. gbart22 - May 23, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    That’s a tad extreme. Accidents happen and sometimes they are really dumb but I guarantee they wouldn’t do this to a name driver and That’s the problem with nascar. Different rules for different guys. I watched Gordon go out two years ago at Phoenix and deliberately hunt down bowyer on the track who was in contention for a championship and crash him and yet NASCAR did nothing but a slap on the wrist and that was more dangerous as it was deliberate and reckless driving but he’s Jeff so nothing. And they’ve done it to other drivers too just pointing that out. They could have just slapped him on the wrist and used parking a guy as a last resort given a consistent history.

    • bru308 - May 23, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      Comparing the Sprint Cup Series to the Truck Series is like comparing apples to oranges. As is comparing this wreck to the one between Gordon and Bowyer.

      If you remember, NASCAR suspended Kyle Busch, a fairly big name in these parts, several years back for his actions in a Truck race. This is NASCAR’s development league and they don’t tend to tolerate deliberate wrecking, no matter who the name is. Crum had no good reason to hit Ellis in the quarterpanel where he did. It was either deliberate, or just plain awful driving. Getting spun nose first towards the outside wall at those speeds, on a track like that, is a recipe for death (see: numerous NASCAR deaths when hitting wall nose/driver door first). NASCAR determined Crum’s actions were unsafe and parked him- just like they did with Busch in 2011.

      Now, Gordon’s wreck was deliberate and unsafe, but considering this was at Phoenix, in the middle of a turn, where the speeds are significantly slower, NASCAR decided they were fine with it. As are most fans. Fans don’t get upset when drivers get dumped at Bristol, neither does NASCAR- nor should a driver be parked for doing so. There’s a correct place and time to wreck someone, and Gordon was much closer to it then Crum was. In the end, It’s not about the intentional wrecking (drivers have at it!)- it’s about driver safety. If you wreck someone in a manner that would knowingly/obviously put that driver at higher risk for injury- NASCAR will intervene.

      The End

      • robinson1724 - May 23, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        It should not matter which series it is. Wreck less is wreck less and a life is a life. You made a point about tracks and circumstance. I believe we still see Edwards and Kesilowski running big tracks. They put the other driver in harms way, as well as the fans.

        NASCAR officiating needs to be revised.

      • bru308 - May 23, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        I believe series does make a difference. If you are in the Sprint Cup series, you most likely get the benefit of the doubt. You’ve made it to the big leagues for a reason and NASCAR probably trusts your ability to drive on fast tracks.

        Comparing this wreck and the Carl/Brad Atlanta wreck, now that’s comparing apples to apples! In that case, Carl was given probation. Like I stated before, being that he was a proven Sprint Cup driver at the time- I believe he gets the benefit of the doubt, so no suspension. He doesn’t have to prove to anybody that he’s capable of driving safely at fast tracks. Crum does not get that benefit yet. In my opinion only- Carl probably escaped harsher punishment because he spun Brad towards the infield (racer’s etiquette), and he could’ve never predicted the way the air would pick up and manipulate Brad’s car. If Carl had intentionally turned him head first towards the outside wall, maybe he gets a suspension?

        NASCAR proved they can hand out big punishments to big name drivers when they suspended Busch in 2011. It’s not something they need to do with every veteran driver after every intentional wreck.

  2. techmeister1 - May 23, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    CRASHCAR is inconsistent and often clueless in their punishment. If what is reported is accurate then I understand the punishment and it’s probably appropriate.

  3. Tony DiZinno - May 23, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Added a video link into this so everyone can see. Posted late last night first. Thanks all for comments.

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