K&N Pro Series East driver Ryan Gifford was suspended by NASCAR following a pit road altercation at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. On lap 93 of the Granite State 100, Scott Heckert made contact with Gifford going into turn one. Heckert was moving up the track to make room for a hard charging Ben Rhodes as they went three wide with Gifford on the outside. As a result, Heckert’s No. 34 car went up into Gifford, sending him hard into the turn one wall.
After the race, Gifford allegedly had an altercation with Heckert which resulted in a $1,000 fine. NASCAR stated he would be suspend until the fine was paid. Earlier today, Gifford has said that the fine has been paid and he will be able to race at the Columbus Motor Speedway in Ohio this weekend.
There have been no further information on the incident between the drivers and Gifford has declined to discuss the fine other than telling MRN Radio, “I feel like there’s a way to prove your point, maybe it wasn’t the best one. At the time I felt it was the right one. I think that as we move on, we learn from it.’’
Ryan Gifford will come into the Columbus event sitting 18th in the K&N Pro Series East standings with two top-tens. He will remain on probation until Dec. 31, 2014.