Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Crew member indefinitely suspended by NASCAR; loses job

   John Smeltzer, an employee of Hendrick Motorsports who worked most recently as the engine tuner for JR Motorsports' No. 7 team, was indefinitely suspended on Tuesday from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s Substance Abuse Policy.

    The violation occurred on Oct. 4.

    Hendrick Motorsports released the following statement:

    "Our organization respects and fully supports NASCAR’s policies with regard to banned substances. The individual in question is no longer employed by the company."