FULTON PARKED AT DOVER, SUSPENDED BY NASCAR AFTER INCIDENT
During Sunday's Delaware 500 from Dover Downs International Speedway the #52 of Jimmy Means and the #98 of Steve Fulton got together in the second half of the race. Means car made contact with Fulton's sending him for a spin and light conact with the wall. The caution flew and the race continued with both drivers still able to continue. Fulton got back to the bumper of Means and dumped him intentionally and received a 1-lap penalty from NASCAR to be served under the caution. During the caution period Fulton would hunt down Means again and send the #52 spinning once again forcing NASCAR to call the #98 to the pits and park the car for the day. After the race NASCAR announced Fulton would be suspended for next weekends NASCAR events in Martinsville, Virginia.
Bill France, Jr. : There is no place for what took place out there on the track Sunday here in NASCAR racing. We understand the first retaliation may be just tempers and felt fine with giving a 1-lap penalty but when you do something like that under caution after serving a penalty you put people's safety in jeopardy and we won't stand for those kinds of actions. We feel the suspension is fitting and will welcome Mr. Fulton back to the track at Charlotte.
Steve Fulton's car owner Mike Curb was none to happy with the incident as well as sponsor Sunoco. There is a press conference scheduled at Curb Motorsports on Wednesday where Mike Curb will address the media over the incident. Steve Fulton declined to comment on the incident as he was leaving the track obviously upset. Here are some pictures of the events from Sunday's race.
FULTON OUT AT CURB MOTORSPORTS; TEAM FUTURE UNCERTAIN
Mike Curb addressed the media today in Kannapolis, North Carolina from the Curb Motorsports Headquarters. Driver Steve Fulton who is a rookie on the Winston Cup tour was suspended by NASCAR after the incident that took place on Sunday at Dover Downs. There have been several rumors swirling about what would happen, but now Mr. Curb will put all the rumors to rest as he speaks at the podium.
Mike Curb: Thank you all for coming today. It's been a long couple of days but we have come to the unfortunate decision to part ways with driver Steve Fulton. The incident in Dover wasn't the main reason this happened, the team was struggling financially and Sunoco informed me back in July they would be leaving the team at seasons end. That meant this season was more than likely going to be it for our racing program and I feel if I let Steve go now he can start making plans for next season. Brad Noffsinger will finish out the year for us and at the end of the season our racing team will be shut down. I want to say once again the incident in Dover isn't what caused this but it may have sped up the process and hurt plans to find new sponsorship. I think Steve is a good driver and will have a good career but he will have to control himself better in the future. I wish him all the best and I'm not going to be answering questions at this time.
We reached out to Steve Fulton and he released this statement.
Steve Fulton: I'm not going to hold any ill will towards Mike, he had to do what he had to do for his business. I will most likely take the rest of this season off from Busch/Winston Cup and try to secure things for next season. Ken Schrader said I could still drive his Busch Series car but I feel I need a step back and am planning to go run some local stuff for the remainder of 1988 and go from there. Thanks to all the fans for their support and I also want to apologize to Jimmy Means for my actions. I was in the wrong.
- Bobby Allison retires from competition and Mike Alexander will fill in as driver of the #12 for Stavola Brothers Racing for remainder of 1988.
- Cale Yarborough announces his retirement and puts Dale Jarrett at the controls of the #29 Hardee's Oldsmobile to close out the season.
- Morgan Shepherd will be subbing for Hut Stricklin in the #57 after Hut was injured in a testing crash.
- Buddy Arrington announces his retirement and Brad Teague will take over driving duties for his #67 Pannill Sweatshirts Ford.
- Buddy Baker moves from the track to the announcers booth and will only drive part-time. Greg Sacks will fill the seat for him at least this weekend at Martinsville.
- Steve Fulton is out at Curb Motorsports and Sunoco will be out at season's end. Brad Noffsinger will be the driver of the #98 Buick the rest of the year.
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