NASCAR driver reinstated following arrest, suspension

Carson Ware, Rick Ware Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
Carson Ware, Rick Ware Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images) /

Carson Ware has been reinstated by NASCAR officials following his October arrest on multiple charges and his ensuing indefinite suspension.

On Tuesday afternoon, NASCAR announced that officials have reinstated Carson Ware, bringing an end to an indefinite suspension that lasted roughly seven and a half months going back to last October.

The decision to restore Ware’s NASCAR membership privileges comes as officials indicated that he had “successfully completed the terms and conditions mandated for reinstatement”.

The 22-year-old Jamestown, North Carolina native is the brother of full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver Cody Ware and the son of Rick Ware Racing team owner Rick Ware.

On Wednesday, October 20, 2021, he was arrested, and he was given a $1,000 secured bond related to charges of assault on a woman, simple assault and damage to personal property by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

NASCAR proceeded to suspend him indefinitely, as did Bobby Dotter’s SS-Green Light Racing.

Ware had been slated to compete in that weekend’s Xfinity Series playoff race at Kansas Speedway for SS-Green Light Racing in partnership with Rick Ware Racing. Had he competed in that race, it would have marked his seventh start of the 2021 season. Instead, he was replaced by Garrett Smithley.

In his six starts last season, which was his second season in the series, he made five starts for his father’s team, four of which came in partnership with SS-Green Light Racing, and one for Mike Harmon Racing.

His 28th place finishes at Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway, both with Rick Ware Racing and SS-Green Light Racing, were his best finishes of the season.

In nine career Xfinity Series starts, his best finish is a 20th place effort at Pocono Raceway in 2020. He drove for SS-Green Light Racing in that race.

He also has one Truck Series start to his name, that coming with Reaume Brothers Racing at Phoenix Raceway in 2019. An electrical issue led to a 30th place DNF. Additionally, he made one ARCA Menards Series start with Rick Ware Racing at Kansas Speedway in 2019, where he finished in 13th.

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Despite his reinstatement, Ware is not currently lined up to compete in any races this year.