NASCAR: Spotter for Defending Cup Series Champion Suspended After Arrest on Multiple Charges

by Madison Miller
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A spotter for Chase Elliott, the reigning Cup Series Champion, was arrested a few weeks ago. His name is Eddie D’Hondt and he has now also been suspended by his employer, Hendrick Motorsports.

As a spotter, D’Hondt is the person with the closest connection to the driver. It is their job to relay all important information to the driver and keep them alert to everything on and off the track.

Eddie D’Hondt Suspended Indefinitely

According to an article from NASCAR, D’Hondt is being charged with the battery of an unborn child as well as assault on a female. He has previously been the spotter for drivers like Bill Elliott, Kyle Busch, and Jeff Gordon. D’Hondt was with Elliott since his Cup Series days in 2016. He is the spotter for Justin Allgaier in the Xfinity Series for JR Motorsports and for Austin Hill in the Camping World Truck Series for Hattori Racing Enterprises.

Despite his arrest and charges, Eddie D’Hondt was still the spotter at two recent Cup Series races. Since then, Hendrick Motorsports has issued out a statement to claim they were unaware of the spotter’s recent arrest.

“We became aware of the situation this morning and have immediately and indefinitely suspended Mr. D’Hondt’s role with our company. We are taking this matter very seriously and will continue to seek additional information about the alleged incident. A spotter for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway has not been named at this time.”

Now, Hendrick Motorsports is saying it has permanently suspended Eddie D’Hondt.

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Prior to this breaking news, Elliott and his team were in the spotlight for some positive occurrences. Elliott recently walked away as the winner of the Circuit of The Americas race in Austin, Texas.

According to NASCAR.com, that win means that Hendrick Motorsports is tied with Richard Petty Enterprises in total wins. The current record is 268. One more win for the team and the record will then belong to them.

“I really don’t know what to say other than Richard Petty and that organization have been the backbone of the sport. Richard has done so much. It’s quite an honor to even be in the same series with him. Never thought we’d get here, but real proud of the guys,” Rick Hendrick said.

Chase Elliott will race again this weekend at the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. As of now, there has been no replacement spotter put in place for Sunday’s race.

Prior to his recent win, Chase Elliott was sitting winless in the 2021 season. Although he’s hoping for another championship win, he’s just driving and hoping for the best.

“Oftentimes, you don’t really have a choice. You have to take whatever situation is thrown at you and make the best decision at the time. From there, just hope the cards fall your way and hope you position yourself in the best place you can be,” Elliott said to CBS News.

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