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Whether a “side-draft” gone wrong with fellow competitor Ryan Ellis was intentional or not, it has cost Jake Crum big time.

CATCHFENCE.com has learned that Crum was notified by NASCAR this week that his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series license had been downgraded, making him ineligible to compete at tracks 1.5-mile and larger in length until further notice.

His current license status approves him to compete at tracks 1.25 mile or shorter; plus road courses.

“This is consistent with what we’ve done in the past for a situation like this,” said NASCAR spokesperson Kerry Tharp. “We have several options available – we can issue a penalty at that time, we can even suspend a driver. Jake is not a full-time driver, we don’t know when he will be racing again and he is not running for points – so this reaction on our part made the most sense and we believe will be the most effective at getting our point across to him.”

Tharp also stated that no timetable has been set to reinstate his eligibility.

Crum, who finished 21st in last Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 has made eight of his 14 total NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts on tracks 1.5-mile and larger. His actions deemed detrimental will force the Statesville, North Carolina-based driver to climb the clearance ladder (approval status) once again.

The alleged retribution ignited from a Lap 29 incident where the two trucks spun in Turn 2. As the trucks screamed down the backstretch on Lap 86, Crum noted that he attempted to side-draft Ellis’ No. 28 Chevrolet Silverado. Instead, Crum’s truck right-reared the back of the No. 28 truck sending him hard into the outside wall, sliding down the backstretch before coming to rest before at the entrance of Turn 3.

Ellis, a native of Ashburn, Virginia climbed from his truck and waived off an initial ride by ambulance to wait for Crum to return to the scene of the incident, where utilizing his hands, he initiated a gesture voicing his displeasure. He was later evaluated and released from the infield care center.

Upon review of the accident, Crum’s initial explanation warrants a different picture, one that shows the move as an obvious definition of intentional and payback. Crum’s night ended with heavy front-end damage following a separate incident on Lap 114.

On the morning following the incident, the two tweeted each other publicly, before taking their chat private.

CATCHFENCE.com spoke to Ellis this week and while he was still baffled by the events that unfolded in the fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event of the season, his attention has now turned towards helping find his FDNY Racing team a way to repair their truck so they can compete at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in August.

“It still bothers me, but its water under the bridge now,” said Ellis. “We talked and cleared the air. I vented my frustration and told him my side. We both don’t come from a lot of money or multi-million dollar teams, so why he did what he did still baffles me, but it’s over now. “I’m concentrating on finding a way to help my team put the truck back together. This was our Pocono truck, but we estimated about twenty-six thousand dollars’ worth of damage, so hopefully we can find to come up with some money and return to the track. If not, we may not go.”

Ellis will drive for Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing at Dover (Del.) International Speedway next weekend in a part-time driver enhancement program, while Crum’s next event is to be determined.

Jake Crum was unavailable for comment.

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Call me CraZy.. but I don't recall them ever doing this before. This is quite interesting.
 
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Was he a first time offender or does he wreck a lot? If so, why didnt Buckwheat, Danica or the Cope twins not get theirs removed?


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Kids wrecked in 6 of his 14 CWTS races over his career lol. Maybe they should just take away any privileged to run in the series.
 

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The only thing consistent with NASCAR is their inconsistency. This is RIDICULOUS. He made a mistake. He's (intentional or not) he's not the first driver to do so, and I'm sure won't be the last. No one got hurt, geez NASCAR. They don't even penalize like this when drivers DO get hurt.
 

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Make an example out of a virtual nobody. Guess it is what it is.

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The only thing consistent with NASCAR is their inconsistency. This is RIDICULOUS. He made a mistake. He's (intentional or not) he's not the first driver to do so, and I'm sure won't be the last. No one got hurt, geez NASCAR. They don't even penalize like this when drivers DO get hurt.

You have to start somewhere, granted they should have done more before but money controls a lot. It's why you don't see big names really kicked out for anything other that drug related things.

He didn't make a mistake though, if you believe he did then you are pretty gullible. They didn't say he can't race, just earn his 1.5+ back.

It would be different it it was just a flat out hook that easily could have sent the guy head on into the wall; sure no one got hurt but it could have went completely wrong in a hurry.
 

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You have to start somewhere, granted they should have done more before but money controls a lot. It's why you don't see big names really kicked out for anything other that drug related things.

He didn't make a mistake though, if you believe he did then you are pretty gullible. They didn't say he can't race, just earn his 1.5+ back.

It would be different it it was just a flat out hook that easily could have sent the guy head on into the wall; sure no one got hurt but it could have went completely wrong in a hurry.
I said whether on purpose or not it was a mistake. I'm not saying he didn't do it on purpose. How is he supposed to earn that license back when most of the races his team goes to are 1.5 or bigger and they comprise a lot of the schedule. If he does though, good for him. BTW, I didn't see the incident. I had the race on, but missed that part for some reason.
 

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I said whether on purpose or not it was a mistake. I'm not saying he didn't do it on purpose. How is he supposed to earn that license back when most of the races his team goes to are 1.5 or bigger and they comprise a lot of the schedule. If he does though, good for him. BTW, I didn't see the incident. I had the race on, but missed that part for some reason.
Pretty sure it's on YouTube. You don't have to earn it by racing just Trucks, they base licenses on a lot of things including other series like ARCA/K&N and how he conducts himself in the smaller tracks. He caused the problem, you can't blame nascar for his mess up. If he wants to race on other tracks, he will find a way.
 

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Pretty sure it's on YouTube. You don't have to earn it by racing just Trucks, they base licenses on a lot of things including other series like ARCA/K&N and how he conducts himself in the smaller tracks. He caused the problem, you can't blame nascar for his mess up. If he wants to race on other tracks, he will find a way.
I'll watch it tomorrow (technically later today) I am not blaming NASCAR, I am just stating their inconsistency and harshness with the penalty. I never said the wreck was their fault.
 

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I'll watch it tomorrow (technically later today) I am not blaming NASCAR, I am just stating their inconsistency and harshness with the penalty. I never said the wreck was their fault.
Ya, you might want to watch the incident and then re-think your statement about how NASCAR's decision is "ridiculous"
 
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Ok, I watched it (on mute so I don't know what the announcers said) and it was def. intentional, but my point was its not the first time someone's intentionally wrecked someone else.
 
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