Crew chief for NASCAR team running 'Back the Blue' car suspended by NASCAR after assault arrest
A NASCAR Xfinity Series crew chief who drives cars that support the Back the Blue movement has been indefinitely suspended by NASCAR after his arrest.
NASCAR announced on Friday that Mike Harmon Racing crew chief Theodore Brown had been suspended indefinitely for a violation of his code of conduct. According to Motorsport.com, Brown was arrested for an ordinary crime - a crime - and an attack on a woman.
According to records of arrests in Statesville Record & Landmark, a Theodore Brown of the same age and street was arrested in November 2018 for two severe gagging attacks.
MHR launched a Blue Lives Matter car in Homestead on June 13, five days after Brown's arrest and three days after Bubba Wallace banned a Black Lives Matter car in Martinsville in Martinsville on the same day NASCAR banned the Confederate flag had driven.
Brown was the crew chief of Kyle Weatherman's Blue Lives Matter # 47 in each of the two races in the Xfinity Series at Homestead.
The crew chief for this car was arrested on June 8th. (Photo by Chris Graythen / Getty Images)
On June 20, he was crew chief for Harmon's Blue Lives Matter car No. 74 and was to become crew chief again in Pocono on Sunday.
Mike Harmon Racing is a backmarker in the Xfinity series and Harmon and his team are more known for what happened off the track than for their results in recent years. Harmon challenged his Xfinity Series colleague Michael Annett to a fight at Applebee in a fun Twitter fight in September. Annett has not joined Harmon at Applebee.
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"I will never be disregarded." - Mike Harmon.
"I think I had a dinner at Applebee last night that I didn't find out about until it was too late. It's a shame. I love their riblets." - Michael Annett @ XfinityRacing // @NASCAR_Xfinity
9:50 p.m. - September 7, 2019
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In 2013, Harmon was arrested for allegedly participating in a plan to steal another driver's racing equipment. The charges were dropped later that year.
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Nick Bromberg is an author for Yahoo Sports.
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