NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Jake Crum has landed in a bit of hot water with NASCAR Officials. Crum was involved in a couple of on-track issues with fellow driver Ryan Ellis during the Truck Series race last week. As a result of Crum’s actions during the second of the two incidents, NASCAR has decided to downgrade Crum’s racing license.
The first issue between the two driver appeared to be incidental. Later on in the race the two drivers found themselves racing side by side; it was during that moment when Crum appeared to have intentionally drove into Ellis. The result of the seemingly intentional contact was Ellis being sent crashing into the wall.
After watching the above video it’s hard to say that Crum wasn’t trying to wreck Ellis.
According to NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp, Crum has been blocked from driving at tracks longer than 1.25 miles. Crum however is still allowed to race on road courses. In a NASCAR press release Tharp went onto say that NASCAR would “monitor” Crum and make a decision on fully reinstating his license sometime in the “future.”
Did NASCAR make the right call when it came to punishing Crum? How do you feel that Crum’s actions compare to those of say Brad Keselowski in 2014? Keselowski had a run in with Kurt Busch where he chased him down and made contact although he did not wreck him. Following that incident, Keselowski intentionally brake checked Matt Kenseth after a race which caused a bunch of damage to the No. 20 car.
Should the Sprint Cup Series take similar action against their drivers? Or does racing is the Sprint Cup Series allow you to have a little more leeway?