Following the report of Brandon Setzer's full-season suspension from the CARS Tour on Tuesday evening, CARS Tour officials released a statement Wednesday morning to clarify and explain their judgement.
The penalties against Setzer and team owner Dennis Setzer were a result of an incident in the pit area following the CARS Tour Super Late Model race at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) Saturday night.
After an on-track incident between Setzer and Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Raphael Lessard, both Brandon and Dennis Setzer entered the KBM pit stall to confront the team and driver Raphael Lessard. Upon entering the pit stall, a scuffle between the two teams took place before they were separated by police and CARS Tour officials.
The full statement from CARS Tour owner Jack McNally can be read below:
“The decision to suspend Brandon and Dennis Setzer for the off track altercation that occurred at Hickory Motor Speedway on May 5, 2018 was my sole decision as the owner of the CARS Tour. The penalties were announced directly to Super Late Model teams via email, per our normal procedure. Unfortunately a CARS Tour employee posted this email publicly, which is against our policy and that is why it was later removed from social media. We apologize for this error in judgment.
The suspensions and fines issued to Brandon (driver) and Dennis (car owner) Setzer are consistent with past occurrences, dating back to a similar incident last October at South Boston Speedway. The suspension of five (5) races and fines of $425 to each Brandon and Dennis are an exact duplication of what was issued post-race in that off track incident at South Boston. These penalties are completely unrelated to the on track incident, as Brandon did not violate any rules behind the wheel of his car. Raphael Lessard was issued a rough driving penalty and sent to the rear of the field, per the race procedure rule book, for violating a rule on track.
The suspension and fines stem from Brandon and Dennis entering the pit area of Raphael Lessard's #51 team with the intention of starting a physical altercation. I believe that two drivers have the right to settle disputes, but other team and crew members should not be involved. Fighting among Super Late Model teams has become a common occurrence this season, and while that may be acceptable to some, I do not want CARS Tour to be known for fights at every event. All licensed competitors are responsible for reading and following our published rule book, which plainly states that starting a fight or altercation will results in a fine and/or suspension. As with all penalties issued by CARS Tour, those issued this week are 100% appealable, and we encourage Brandon and Dennis to do so.
We look forward to returning our focus to providing quality racing for competitors, teams, sponsors, and fans affiliated with the CARS Tour.”