Following an altercation in the pit area at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) during this past Saturday's CARS Tour Super Late Model race, officials from the sanctioning body have handed down penalties to driver Brandon Setzer and car owner Dennis Setzer.
Brandon Setzer, driver of the No. 6 Super Late Model, has been fined $425 and has also been suspended from competing in CARS sanctioned and co-sanctioned events as a driver for the remainder of the 2018 season (through November 4, 2018.)
Dennis Setzer, owner of the No. 6 Super Late Model, has been fined $425 and has also been suspended from competing in CARS sanctioned and co-sanctioned events as an owner for the remainder of the 2018 season (through November 4, 2018.)
Speaking to Speed51.com Tuesday evening, CARS Tour Director Chris Ragle confirmed the penalties, stating that they are comparable to a similar incident last season involving Jake Crum at South Boston Speedway (VA).
Setzer responded to the penalties Tuesday evening via his Twitter page, stating he plans to appeal the decision.
“We do not at all agree with the CARS Tour decision to suspend us the rest of the year,” Setzer’s Tweet began. “Feel like this is a very excessive punishment for what happened and plan to appeal.”
The penalties come following an incident in the pit area at Hickory in which Brandon Setzer ran from his pit stall to confront Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Raphael Lessard after an on-track incident. Upon his arrival at the KBM pit stall, a skirmish broke out when Setzer confronted KBM crew members.
Lessard was penalized and sent to the rear of the field for his involvement in the on-track incident Saturday night.
On Saturday night following the event at Hickory, Ragle said the following about the incident:
"My stance usually is, if two drivers want to discuss it and talk about it, that’s one thing. But when teams get involved outside of the two people driving the cars, it’s a different deal. Especially when one team goes all the way down to another team’s pit, you can probably guarantee there will be some disciplinary action.”
A full video of the scuffle in the pit area can be viewed on the Speed51 Network.
On Monday, Setzer spoke to Speed51.com for the first time since the incident occurred.
Speed51.com will update this story if additional updates become available.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor - Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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