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NASCAR indefinitely suspends Cody Ware after his arrest

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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - JANUARY 18: NASCAR driver Cody poses for a photo during NASCAR Production Days at Charlotte Convention Center on January 18, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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Cup driver Cody Ware was arrested Monday by the Iredell County (North Carolina) Sheriff’s Office and charged with felony assault by strangulation - inflect serious injury and misdemeanor assault on a female.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office listed Ware’s bond at $3,000. Ware was out on bond Monday afternoon. He is scheduled to appear in North Carolina District Court on May 1.
NASCAR has indefinitely suspended Ware.

Rick Ware Racing issued a statement Monday:

“We are aware of the incident regarding Cody Ware and his indefinite suspension from NASCAR competition. We understand NASCAR’s position on this matter and accept their decision.

“The matter is still under investigation and Cody is fully cooperating with the authorities, as due process takes its course. RWR is committed to continuing our multi-car efforts in the NASCAR Cup Series and is in the process of finalizing our plans for the No. 51 entry at Martinsville Speedway, and beyond.

“These plans will be announced in the coming days.”

An incident report from the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office reported that the incident took place April 3.
Ware did not compete in Sunday’s Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway for what Rick Ware Racing said was a personal reason.

The 27-year-old Ware has run 97 Cup races since 2017. He also has 28 Xfinity starts since 2014 and seven Truck starts since 2014.