Rick Ware Racing’s Cody Ware missed the NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 9 while dealing with a personal matter. One day later, he was arrested in Iredell County, North Carolina, on charges of felony assault by strangulation — inflict serious injury — and misdemeanor assault on a female.
TobyChristie.com first reported the news on April 10. The outlet received confirmation about the charges from the Iredell County Jail. According to an inmate search, Ware remained in custody at the Iredell County Detention Facility into the afternoon, when he was released. His bond was set at $3,000.
No further details of the arrest or the charges were known as of April 10 at 1:51 p.m. Eastern time. NASCAR issued a statement and said that it had indefinitely suspended Ware after his arrest.
“We are aware of the incident regarding Cody Ware and his indefinite suspension from NASCAR competition,” RWR said in a statement. “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.”
In 2018, Ware revealed in two separate social media posts that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, which can cause problems in social interaction and communication. He also stated that he had depression, anxiety and an anger issue.
“I suffer from Depression and Anxiety, I’ve been taking 10mg of Lexapro for almost a year now,” Ware tweeted on February 1, 2018. “It’s been a slow process but I’m fighting everyday to get myself under control so that I don’t do damage to friends and family I love so much.”
27-Year-Old Cody Ware Has Made 7 Starts in 2023
Ware, the son of team owner Rick Ware, has been active in the NASCAR Cup Series since the 2017 season when he made his debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the No. 51 Chevrolet.
Cody Ware has made 97 total starts in the series for Rick Ware Racing, and he has an average finish of 30.5. His career-best run was sixth in the 2022 Coke Zero Sugar 400, which is his lone top-10 finish in the Cup Series.
Ware was active for the first seven races of the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season. He finished 14th in the Daytona 500 and then he added top-25 finishes at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Circuit of the Americas.
Ware was 31st in the points standings after the race at Bristol Motor Speedway. This put him just behind Noah Gragson and just ahead of Justin Haley, though he will no longer be on the leaderboard while serving his suspension.
Along with the time in the Cup Series, Ware has competed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Craftsman Truck Series, NTT IndyCar Series, and the IMSA Sportscar Championship (Rolex 24 at Daytona).
RWR Will Have to Name a Replacement Driver
Prior to the Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Rick Ware Racing announced that three-time Craftsman Truck Series champion Matt Crafton would replace Ware in the No. 51 Ford Mustang.
The veteran driver went out and qualified 24th overall after competing in one of the four heat races. He completed 185 of the 250 laps around the Tennessee short track, but he headed to the garage early with an engine issue.
Rick Ware Racing will now have to name a replacement driver for upcoming races on the 2023 Cup Series schedule. The No. 51 Ford is a chartered entry, which guarantees a spot in every event on the schedule.
The No. 51 Ford will continue to contend for owner points amid Ware’s suspension. It is 33rd in points behind the No. 42 of Gragson. It is ahead of the No. 31 of Haley, the No. 77 of Ty Dillon, and the No. 78 of BJ McLeod.