NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
               === Crew chief Parrott suspended indefinitely ===
 Daytona  Beach, FL  ( -  NASCAR announced  on Thursday  that
 Sprint  Cup Series crew chief Todd Parrott has been indefinitely suspended for
 violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy.
 Parrott,  49,  is the crew  chief for Richard  Petty Motorsports' No. 43 Ford,
 driven  by  Aric Almirola.  RPM  said  in a  release  that  Sammy Johns,  vice
 president of operations and competition, will handle crew chief duties for the
 No. 43 team this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
 "We  have  an expectation  of all  RPM employees to  conduct themselves at the
 highest  level  of professionalism and  within the competitive confines as set
 forth  by  NASCAR," Johns said in  a team statement. "We are very disappointed
 that  one  of our employees  did not meet  our expectations, and we completely
 support  NASCAR, their  policies  and final  decisions when  it  comes to  the
 substance abuse policy."
 Parrott  has been  a long-time crew chief in NASCAR's premier series. In 1999,
 he  won  the Cup Series  championship with driver  Dale Jarrett when they were
 both  at Robert  Yates Racing. Parrott also guided Jarrett to victories in the
 Daytona 500 in 1996 and 2000.
 Almirola is currently 18th in the Sprint Cup point standings. Parrott has been
 his crew chief since September 2012.
 "Todd  Parrott is a good crew chief, a good person, and a good friend. I'll be
 a  big cheerleader of his to get thru this difficult time," Almirola posted on
 his Twitter Account after learning of Parrott's suspension.
 10/17 21:00:01 ET