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Chase Elliott’s spotter indefinitely suspended by NASCAR

NASCAR announced Wednesday morning that Eddie D’Hondt has been indefinitely suspended.

D’Hondt, a spotter for defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott, was in violation of Section 12.8.1.e of Member Guidelines and Section 2.11 regarding Required Notice.

Section 2.11 states, “any NASCAR Member charged with any violation of the law (misdemeanor and/or felony) shall notify NASCAR at reporting@nascar.com or visit reporting.nascar.com, prior to the next scheduled event of within 72 hours of being so charged, whichever is earlier.”

D’Hondt was arrested May 12 on charges of misdemeanor assault on a female and misdemeanor battery of an unborn child, according to the North Carolina Judicial Branch website. D’Hondt is set to appear in court on June 7 for the battery charge and on June 30 for the assault charge.

FOX Sports obtained affadavits linked to the case. According to the affadavits, the case stems from a Sept. 7, 2020 argument regarding jet ski rentals where an employee alleged that D’Hondt made “full body contact and yelled in my face pushing me back multiple times with body” and “hit my arm away” & “swung a fist at me.”

The argument occurred because D’Hondt wanted either a refund or more time on the rented jet ski because they did not have the required clothing initially and were late after getting the clothing.

Since the May 12 arrest, D’Hondt has spotted for Chase Elliott in two NASCAR Cup Series races and for Justin Allgaier in two NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Dover International Speedway and Circuit of the Americas.

No word yet on who will serve as a replacement spotter for Elliott and Allgaier.

Eddie D’Hondt has been with Hendrick Motorsports since 2011 and previously served as Jeff Gordon’s spotter until Gordon’s retirement in 2015.

SOURCES:
FOX Sports
NASCAR
North Carolina Judicial Branch
Racing-Reference.Info

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