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Cody Ware Arrested in North Carolina, Indefinitely Suspended by NASCAR

Cody Ware was arrested April 10 in Iredell County, North Carolina, according to a report from Iredell Free News and confirmed by Frontstretch.

According to Iredell County jail records, Ware was booked Monday morning at the Iredell County Detention Facility in Statesville, N.C. Current records show him as still in custody as of 1 p.m. ET Monday.

Iredell Free News reports that Ware faces a felony charge for assault by strangulation, as well as misdemeanor assault on a woman. His bond was set at $3,000.

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Further details about the arrest are not yet known.

According to FOX Sports’ Bob Pockrass, NASCAR said that Ware is indefinitely suspended. NASCAR confirmed this in an article on NASCAR.com at around 2:20 p.m. ET.

Shortly before 5 p.m. ET, RWR put out a statement on the arrest and subsequent suspension.

“We are aware of the incident regarding Cody Ware and his indefinite suspension from NASCAR competition,” the statement reads. “We understand NASCAR’s position on this matter and accept their decision.

“The matter is still under investigation and Cody is fully cooperating with the authorities, as due process takes its course. RWR is committed to continuing our multi-car efforts in the NASCAR Cup Series and is in the process of finalizing our plans for the No. 51 entry at Martinsville Speedway, and beyond.  

“These plans will be announced in the coming days.”

Ware sat out at the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track last weekend “to focus on a personal matter,” per a RWR release at the time. Matt Crafton substituted for Ware, finishing 34th due to late-race engine woes.

In seven starts in 2023, Ware has a best finish of 14th in the Daytona 500.

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Rutherford is the managing editor of Frontstretch, a position he gained in 2015 after serving on the editing staff for two years. At his day job, he's a journalist covering music and rock charts at Billboard. He lives in New York City, but his heart is in Ohio -- you know, like that Hawthorne Heights song.

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One of the rules to live by is never ever hit a Woman. One of my ex-wives was very hot headed, but she was also very hot and worth putting up with for a few years. She came at me with knives, bats, and a pistol a few times. I never hit her and I am still alive. Ware is total POS if the charges are true.

Bill B

I’m no fan but maybe we should wait for the facts to come out.


I said if the charges are true.

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