NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Jack Smith was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR yesterday for violating Section 12-1 of the NASCAR rule book, otherwise known as “actions detrimental to stock car racing”.
But this isn’t your average case of Section 12-1 violation.
Smith was arrested and charged with three felony counts of “fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance”. Smith reportedly attempted to gain the unnamed substance on July 11, July 14, and July 22. NASCAR was informed of Smith’s arrest on July 23.
Smith has a bond appearance on October 12, and if found guilty, it is undetermined how long Smith could be in jail for. Felony charges usually send people to jail for at least one year. Even if Smith’s sentence is the minimum, he would still have to be reinstated by NASCAR.
There is a very good possibility that Smith’s NASCAR career is over.
It’s very unfortunate, too. Jack Smith was one of NASCAR’s up-and-coming drivers, in spite of his age. At 30, Smith didn’t exactly fall into the “young gun” category, but in just a few starts in underfunded equipment at one of NASCAR’s highest levels, Smith was often a top 15 finisher, which was pretty stellar considering his circumstances.
In three Truck starts this year, two of Smith’s finishes were in the top 15. And with a few more runs like that, Smith very well might have been considered for a job in higher-funded equipment.
But with his arrest, Jack Smith is just another athlete whose full potential may never be known.