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Published on July 6th, 2011 | by Michael J Smith

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NASCAR Reinstates Two Crew Members, Suspends Two

NASCAR reinstated Camping World Truck Series driver Jack Smith and Sprint Cup Series crew member Gary Frost.

Smith was indefinitely suspended last September for violating Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the NASCAR rule book. The violation stemmed from Smith’s arrest in which he was charged with three felony counts of “fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance.”

Smith reportedly attempted to gain the unnamed substance on July 11, July 14, and July 22. NASCAR was informed of Smith’s arrest on July 23. Smith has been reinstated, but remains on probation until the end of the calendar year.

Smith drove the No. 63 Ford for MB Motorsports. In 11 career starts in the series, he has an average finish of 24th.

Frost, a member of Richard Childress Racing’s No. 31 team, was indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy in May. Frost was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy) of the Sprint Cup Series rule book.

Frost has successfully completed NASCAR’s Road to Recovery Program and has been reinstated.

In addition to the reinstatement, NASCAR has also announced that two crew members have been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy.

Troy Hartman, of Rusty Wallace Racing, and  Denise Harmon-Mixon, a spotter/team coordinator with Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing, have been indefinitely suspended.

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Michael J. Smith is a NASCAR enthusiast and blogger. In addition to founding this website, Michael is a journalist with over a decade of experience writing for prestigious media organizations.



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