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#FreeBrandon: Short track community stands in defense of Brandon Setzer


The CARS Tour decision on Tuesday night to suspend Brandon and Dennis Setzer for the remainder of the season due to their involvement in the post-race fight on Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway was not taken positively from within the short track industry.

While a degree of fan vitriol was to be expected any time a driver is involved in a post-race fracas, it was surprising to see the amount of support the Setzers received from inside the short track industry. Several notable current and former drivers chimed in on Twitter to support the Super Late Model winner and his NASCAR legend father.

A sampling of the feedback can be found below:

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.



  1. Germain gosselin

    May 9, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    I don’t think the penalty fit the crime just racing incident and some pationate racers!

  2. Kenneth Maurice

    May 9, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Bad decision. Brandon Setzer races hard but he races clean. In a series that could use more drivers capable of winning races you choose to suspend a driver who always competes for the win. A season long probation would have been a sufficient and more realistic penalty. As a fan who sits in the stands I can guarantee you that a CARS tour race without Brandon Setzer will cost you many fans, he is a fan favorite and with good reason. CARS tried to send a message but the message they sent was to shoot themselves in the foot. Change this suspension to probation, it will still send the same message to other drivers. You are wrong on the suspension decision!

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