CARS Tour officials have suspended Super Late Model driver Bubba Pollard five races and fined him the amount of his third-place winnings ($1,500) for his role in a post-race altercation Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway. According to Race22.com, the penalty was revealed in a memo attached to a registration email for the upcoming CARS Tour event at Orange County Speedway.
The penalties come following a post-race altercation between Pollard and Jeff Craig, the father of race winner Matt Craig. A Facebook video that has since gone viral shows Pollard throwing punches at the elder Craig following the race.
Appearing on Speed51's The Morning Bullring on Monday, Pollard explained that he received a friendly finger and an "f you'" from Jeff Craig after the conclusion of the race, which led to the physical altercation.
According to Race22, the CARS Tour penalty report reads as follows:
"As in previous incidents of similar fighting actions, we have taken action per Hickory this past weekend. Following the Super Late Model post race fighting incident, Driver Bubba Pollard has been fined his winnings and has been suspended 5 (five) CARS Tour sanctioned and co-sanctioned races starting with Orange County on August 24, 2019. Pollard can appeal the penalty if he so desires.”
Neither Jeff Craig nor Matt Craig will be penalized for their involvement, according to the CARS Tour memo.
This is the not the first time that CARS Tour officials have issued penalties for fighting. In 2018, driver Brandon Setzer and his father/crew chief Dennis Setzer were initially suspended five races for their role in a confrontation with the Kyle Busch Motorsports team at Hickory Motor Speedway. Following their appeal, Brandon's suspension was reduced to one race and Dennis' suspension was reduced to three races.
Like the Setzers, Pollard will have the opportunity to appeal the penalty if he chooses to do so.
An official release and more information about the penalty is expected to be released Wednesday. Speed51.com will continue to update this story as more information become available.
-Story by: Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor - Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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