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Carson Ware Arrested on Charges of Assault, Indefinitely Suspended by NASCAR

NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Carson Ware was arrested early Wednesday (Oct. 20), according to Rowan County, North Carolina, online records.

The arrest of Ware, 21, was for misdemeanor charges of assault on a female, simple assault and injury to personal property. The arrest happened in Salisbury, N.C., at 3:12 a.m.

Ware’s bond was set at $1,000, and his court date will be Nov. 19.

As a result, Ware has been indefinitely suspended by NASCAR, a spokesperson confirmed to Frontstretch. Additionally, his NXS team, SS Green Light Racing, has indefinitely suspended him and has replaced him with Garrett Smithley in its No. 17 car this upcoming weekend at Kansas Speedway.

“This morning, we became aware of a situation that involved Carson Ware,” SS Green Light said in a release. “Upon further information, we have indefinitely suspended Carson Ware as a driver at SS Green Light Racing. We are taking this matter very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation as the facts come to life.”

Ware is the son of NASCAR Cup Series team owner Rick Ware and younger brother of Cup driver Cody Ware.

“This morning, I was notified of a situation that involved Carson Ware. At this time, Carson has been indefinitely suspended by SS Green Light Racing and NASCAR,” Rick Ware Racing said in a team release. “While I am frustrated by the actions of Carson, I am even more disappointed for [SS Green Light owner] Bobby Dotter and his entire team.

“Bobby has been a great ally through the years, and I hate to see SS Green Light Racing under scrutiny due to actions that do not reflect the reputation and image that Bobby has worked hard to uphold over the years. My hope is that Carson will get the help that he needs during this difficult time.”

About the author

Michael Massie joined Frontstretch in 2017 and has served as the Content Director since 2020. Massie, a Richmond, Va., native, has covered NASCAR, IndyCar, SRX and the CARS Tour. Outside of motorsports, the Virginia Tech grad and Green Bay Packers minority owner can be seen cheering on his beloved Hokies and Packers.

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Tom B

Here we go again, guilty before your day in court. A misdemeanor and $1000 bail. That’s like a very fast speeding ticket.


“Innocent until proven guilty”

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