Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Todd Parrott: 'I'm not hiding behind anything I've done'


   Sprint Cup Series crew chief Todd Parrott, who was fired Tuesday by Richard Petty Motorsports after failing a NASCAR drug test, called in to "The Late Shift" on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Tuesday night to talk with hosts Brad Gillie and Buddy Baker about his suspension and his participation in NASCAR's Road to Recovery Program.

   Here are some excerpts from the interview:

   "It’s part of it, as part of the Road to Recovery, is getting out there and admitting the mistakes and stuff. You know, getting in front it, you know it’s really a load off my shoulders and I’m probably going to wake up in the morning and feel a lot better about this.

  "I’m going to do anything I can. Like I said, talking about it and letting it be known I’m not hiding behind anything that I’ve done is one of the first steps to get started. I’ve got a meeting tomorrow with counselors to get the process started. I’m looking forward to it. First of all, I want to apologize to my family, to everyone at Richard Petty Motorsports, all my friends for being with me while I’m in this position. It’s not something that I’m proud of  but it’s something that I’m going to take time and address and fix. NASCAR has rules and procedures, they’ve administered them and this is where I’m at. I’m ready to take the steps to get back into the sport that I’ve love and been around my whole live. I just want to get started. I just want to get back in that garage and hopefully in time to win another Daytona 500."

Win a VIP package to the 2014 NASCAR Hall Induction Ceremony


   The NASCAR Hall of Fame and Ford Motor Company are offering NASCAR fans the chance to win a trip for two to the 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Charlotte on Jan. 29, 2014.

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