NASCAR Reviewing Whelen Mod Tour Driver Tommy Barrett Jr. Arrest Incident

Whelen Modified Tour 30th Anniversary LogoAfter finding out his driver Tommy Barrett Jr. had been arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour team owner Chris Our made the decision quickly to suspend Barrett for Sunday’s NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler 200 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

This evening NASCAR officials have essentially fallen in step with Our’s decision.

It was announced Thursday evening that Barrett will not be allowed to compete in any NASCAR sanctioned events pending a formal review by the sanctioning body.

Though NASCAR officials made it clear that they were not formally suspending Barrett.

NASCAR released the following statement Thursday evening: “NASCAR is aware of Tommy Barrett Jr.’s recent DUI arrest. As we continue to gather information, Barrett will not be allowed to compete in NASCAR-sanctioned events pending a formal review. We have no additional information to share at this time.”

Multiple attempts to reach Whelen Modified Tour director Jimmy Wilson on Thursday were unsuccessful.

Our told RaceDayCT that Barrett is currently suspended for the Sunday event at Stafford and that his future with the team is being evaluated. Keith Rocco will fill in for Barrett in the Our Motorsports entry at Stafford Sunday.

After Sunday’s event at Stafford, the Whelen Modified Tour is off until May 30 at the New London-Waterford Speebdowl.

The 19-year old Barrett was charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Willimantic on April 17. He is due in Danielson Superior Court on the charges on Monday.

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  1. NASCAR’s action should come as no surprise. Can you imagine what a circus it would be at Stafford if Barrett was still driving? To everyone who thinks it’s no big deal, Barrett did this to himself. The so called haters had nothing to do with it.

  2. Tucker N. says

    I agree with Chris. It’s no one’s fault but Tommy’s. Suspension is a rule in cases like this. Whether you defend him or not, he deserves to be suspended.

  3. If like to see the tour drug test the whole field of drivers…. Then you guy will see how messed up the tour is… You guys don’t get it, there no money in the tour, it a pit that people like Chris Ours and other owners just throw money at because they have it… Tommy is wrong and should be punished but really people if they started drug testing that tour the whelen modifed division would be gone over night.

  4. Jeff , Your implication of rampant drug use by Tour drivers is both unfounded and insulting .Have some respect for these drivers that take it to the limit physically and mentally every race. Your ignorance is well reflected in your writing . Tommy Barrett Jr.,this is your wake up call. Straighten up and fly right .

  5. Someone who said he is a friend of Barrett thinks he will be at Stafford Sunday in order to see what he is missing out on due to his bad judgrment…seems like someone in his camp wants to teach him a hard lesson, one he must follow if he wants his ride in the 22 mod.

  6. Rich Lauber says

    One Tommy wake up please you have talent do not waste it !! Believe me a drink is not worth it number two there should be drug testing of all drivers an crews at any track anywhere my opinion !! But for somebody to day on here that every driver is using drugs on the tour is an insult

  7. burnemup19 says

    The kid is totally out of control and has wrecked many many people for no reason w his inpatient driving and complete stupidity behind the wheel

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