The Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour handed down harsh penalties to Brandon Pierce and Nolan Pope on Tuesday following Saturday night’s calamity at Carteret County Speedway.
Brandon Pierce has been suspended from the October 3rd race at Florence Motor Speedway and fined $1,525 for what the tour deemed “flagrant” rough driving. Pierce missed a shift on one restart triggering a multi-car accident in the Solid Rock Carriers 125 and, later in the race, triggered another multi-car accident when Mini Tyrrell spun off his front bumper.
“The #2 of Brandon Pierce with Lee Pulliam Performance, has been suspended from CARS Tour competition for the next event at Florence Motor Speedway scheduled for October 3rd, and fined winnings of $1,525,” an email to competitors from CARS Tour stated. “He will be suspended for the commission of flagrant “rough” driving as listed in the 2020 CARS Tour Late Model Stock rulebook.”
Nolan Pope was fined $1,450 and disqualified from the Lucas Oil Touring 12 program after entering Ronald Hill’s pit area and instigating an extracurricular skirmish. In the past, drivers have been suspended for physical altercations, but in this instance, no punches were thrown, and the kerfuffle was de-escalated by Ryan Dolph and other members of Brandon Clements’ crew, CARS Tour, and Carteret County Speedway officials.
“The #1 of Nolan Pope with Lee Faulk Racing, has been fined winnings of $1,450 and disqualified from the 2020 Lucas Oil Touring 12 program, as well as being ineligible for the 2021 Touring 12 program, and placed on probation for the remainder of the 2020 season,” the CARS Tour email noted. “This action is in response to Pope’s attempt to initiate multiple physical altercations in a competitor’s pit area. At its sole discretion, CARS Tour has terminated its agreement with Pope for actions detrimental to the sport of auto racing and the CARS Tour.”
The next race for the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour will take place on Saturday, October 3rd at Florence Motor Speedway, a race which replaces the canceled South Boston Speedway race which was originally scheduled to take place this Saturday night.