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CARS Tour fines and suspends Brandon and Dennis Setzer for Hickory altercation

CARS Tour officials announced on Tuesday night that it has suspended driver Brandon Setzer for the incident that occurred on Saturday night shortly after the Super Late Model race at Hickory Motor Speedway.

Setzer and Raphael Lessard were racing for the lead and exchanged bump-and-runs on the intended final lap of the Cloer Construction 300. Setzer nudged Lessard up the track in Turns 1 and 2 with Lessard hitting Setzer back in Turn 3.

The latter contact sent Setzer around and saw CARS Tour officials elect to send Lessard to the back of the field for aggressive driving

The complete penalties from Saturday night are listed below:

  • Brandon Setzer is suspended from all CARS sanctioned and co-sanctioned events as a driver through November 4, 2018. Setzer was also fined $425 for starting an altercation at the conclusion of the Super Late Model race at Hickory.
  • Owner Dennis Setzer was also suspended as an entrant through November 4, 2018 and fined $425 for starting an altercation at Hickory.

For his part, Setzer plans to appeal the penalty:

“We do not at all agree with the cars tour decision to suspend us the rest of the year. Feel like this is a very excessive punishment for what happened and plan to appeal.


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  1. Aric

    May 8, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    That’s ridiculous! … and they wonder why Home Tracks are dying! STUPID $#!+ like this.

    People look to these tracks as a throwback alternative to NASCAR glory days and some drunk official makes a B.S. call like this…. Enjoy your future obscurity boozoos!

  2. Anonymous

    May 9, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Lassard should be suspended as well for intentionally dumping setzer in retaliation for a rub that is nothing more than racing. Lassard could have very well have hurt another driver in his retaliation tantrum. The setzer boys should no the suspended at all and i do not agree with any of the the punishment dished out. Wont see me at another race for a while. Sorry guys, its wrong.

  3. Terrilynn Nicely

    May 9, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    I call BS
    This kind of BS drives fans away. I guess they forget fans equil profit!

  4. Racer

    May 10, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Cars tour is a joke..going to hurt themselves with shit like this..

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