It was been a strange weekend for everyone at Rick Ware Racing. On Friday it was announced that their primary driver, Cody Ware, was “stepping away” from driving at Bristol Dirt to deal with a personal matter. Not much else was said other than truck series veteran, Matt Crafton would be filling in. Crafton brought his No. 51 RWR Ford Mustang home in the 34th position.
You Need To Know:
- While an official statement from Rick Ware Racing has yet to come out, it was reported by Bob Pockrass that Cody Shane Ware, 27, was apprehended by Iredell County Sherriff’s Department. The charges listed in the report are “assault on a female” and “assault by strangulation to inflict serious injury”.
- Upon the announcement of the arrest, NASCAR wasted little time issuing an indefinite suspension until a proper investigation can be conducted. There is currently no word on who will drive the No. 51 for Rick Ware Racing at Martinsville this weekend. An announcement as well as a team statement should be coming shortly.
The Main Characters
Rick Ware Racing is the team truly affected by Cody’s alleged actions. With the young driver choosing to step away from racing this past weekend at Bristol, Rick Ware Racing made a statement in the tweet below. Matt Crafton filled in for Ware at Bristol Dirt.
In The Stands
The alleged crimes of Cody Ware are a very serious matter and the appropriate people will investigate the situation and come to the appropriate conclusion. It is not the job of fans to speculate or pass judgment at this stage. My day job is teaching special education and if there is one thing my training in the area of delicate matters has taught me it is that it’s always best to focus on the positive and never stress the negatives of any given circumstance. What I mean by that is that if a person can be helped they should be. Rather than spouting out nasty comments online, which seems to be the norm nowadays, sadly, why not hope for Cody Ware to get the help he needs and grow as a person. Not everyone on the world who allegedly does a bad thing is TFG (too far gone). If help can be received and make a difference on a person, why not root for that? And that is exactly what Shannon Roe says in the tweet below.
With Ware’s suspension, some speculation online has broken out. tk.sam assumes that Matt Crafton will assume the No 51 car full time for the remainder of the 2023 season. Kind of like what Matt Kenseth did back in 2020 for Kyle Larson.
Wole Wuster predicts that Cole Custer will take over the No. 51. This could be his big break, the sequel.
I mean, there is precedent for it…
NASCAR Fact Checker takes a shot at the inconsistencies with the Motorsports Appeals Panel…
I’ll end on another positive one. Yes, it must be a very difficult situation for the entire Ware family and the alleged victim. They should all be in your thoughts. Hopefully Cody Ware gets the help he needs and we can do the only thing we can do in NASCAR…move forward.
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