Lawrence Hayden, a former Xfinity Series crew member, was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree assault Friday morning at Dover International Speedway after punching JP Motorsports owner Jerry Hataway and breaking his jaw.
The Dover Police Department was called to the track’s infield around 10:51 a.m. in response to the assault.
According to the DPD, Hayden, 33, and Hataway, 56, were in a “verbal argument over issues pertaining to Hayden’s employment with the team” when Hayden began punching Hataway and broke his jaw.
Hataway was initially treated at the Fan Care Center in the track’s infield. He was then transferred to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital for more treatment. Hayden was arrested without incident.
Hayden, who resides in Concord, North Carolina, was released on $500 bail.
“Crew member Lawrence Hayden has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR following his arrest by the Dover Police Department,” a NASCAR spokesperson said in a statement provided to NBC Sports. “NASCAR will continue working with local law enforcement and will have no further comment at this time.”
Jimmie Johnson‘s team is among three Cup teams that will be penalized track time during today’s practice session at ISM Raceway, NASCAR announced Friday morning.
Johnson’s team will lose 30 minutes for failing pre-race inspection three times last weekend at Las Vegas. The No. 15 team with Ross Chastain faces the same penalty for the same infraction.
Matt DiBenedetto‘s team will lose 15 minutes for failing pre-race inspection twice last weekend at Las Vegas.
Cup teams have a 50-minute practice from 12:35 – 1:25 p.m. ET today.
In the Xfinity Series, the cars of Kaz Grala, Chad Finchum, Josh Bilicki, Timmy Hill and Cole Custer will each be docked 15 minutes of practice. The teams of Grala, Finchum, Bilicki and Hill are penalized for being out of the garage late for inspection last weekend at Las Vegas. Custer’s team is penalized for failing pre-race inspection twice last weekend at Las Vegas.
Those penalties will be served in the first Xfinity practice, which is from 2:05 – 2:55 p.m. ET.
Josh Bilicki announced Monday that he’ll drive a second car for JP Motorsports this season in the Xfinity Series, piloting the No. 45 car. JP Motorsports, a team owned by Phyllis and Jerry Hattaway, will have Stephen Leicht drive the team’s No. 55 car in the Xfinity Series this year.
The 22-year-old Bilicki has made nine career Xfinity starts, including six last season. His best finish last year was 12th at Road America for B.J. McLeod.
“I’m ecstatic to announce a full season effort in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with JP Motorsports in the #45 Prevagen Toyota Camry,” Bilicki in a statement. “I have gained a lot of valuable experience over the past two years by racing at different tracks and with different teams, but it will be nice to show up to every race this year with the same team. I come from a road course racing background, so there are still several NASCAR tracks that I have yet to race. It feels great to have the business side of things done before the season starts, so now I can focus solely on driving. It will be a year full of learning, but we have good equipment and cars and will be competitive from the start.”