DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - NASCAR has indefinitely suspended Todd Parrott, the crew chief for Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola, for violating its substance-abuse policy.
NASCAR announced its decision Thursday against Parrott, who works for Richard Petty Motorsports.
''We have an expectation of all RPM employees to conduct themselves at the highest level of professionalism and within the competitive confines as set forth by NASCAR,'' said Sammy Johns, RPM's vice president of operations and competition. ''We are very disappointed that one of our employees did not meet our expectations and we completely support NASCAR, their policies and final decisions when it comes to the substance abuse policy.''
Johns will handle crew chief duties for the No. 43 Ford this weekend at Talladega and until further notice.
Parrott was the longtime crew chief for Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett when Jarrett was at Robert Yates Racing. He guided him to two Daytona 500 victories, in 1996 and 2000, and wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1996 and 1999.
The duo also paired to win the 1999 Cup championship. Parrott also developed many of NASCAR's future crew chiefs, including Mike Ford, Jimmy Elledge and younger brother, Brad.

Recent NASCAR Discussions

NASCAR Odds

Driver Odds
Odds to Win the Subway Firecracker 250 @ Daytona International Speedway
Joey Logano +450
Austin Dillon +450
Erik Jones +500
Chase Elliott +500
Field +500

Nascar Top Stories

Thumbnail Subway Firecracker 250 Odds The NASCAR Xfinity Series kicks off the racing weekend on Friday night with the Subway Firecracker 250. Here is...
Thumbnail Coke Zero 400 Odds The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads back to Daytona this week for the Coke Zero 400. Here is a look at the odds for this race.
Thumbnail Toyota/Save Mart 350 Picks Which driver will be able to navigate the road course of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 and pick up a NASCAR victory today?
Thumbnail Drivin' for Linemen 200 Picks The NASCAR Camping World Truck Seriescompetes tonight under the lights for the Drivin’ for Linemen 200. Here are some drivers we like to contend for the win.
Thumbnail Drivin' for Linemen 200 Odds The NASCAR Camping World Truck Seriesdrives under the lights this week for the Drivin’ for Linemen 200. Here’s a look at the odds to win this race.
More inNASCAR Articles