Richard Petty Motorsports released Crew Chief Todd Parrott Tuesday after Parrott was indefinitely suspended by NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.

Parrott, who won the 1999 Cup championship with Dale Jarrett and has two Daytona 500 and two Brickyard 400 victories on his resume, had been working with Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Ford the past year.

On Tuesday, team owner Richard Petty joined SiriusXM Speedway on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio to comment on letting Todd Parrott go.

“From my standpoint, I was told what was going on, kept up with it from NASCAR’s standpoint,” Petty said. “Our policy is, you gotta be 100 percent clean on everything, so it was an easy decision and a hard decision. It was a hard decision because we know him and he’s worked for us before, it was an easy decision … when you do wrong, you don’t need to be here.”

Parrott joined Brad Gillie and Buddy Baker on Late Shift Tuesday night on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and apologized for his actions.  Parrott said he would meet with a counselor on Wednesday to start NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program as soon as possible.

“I’m going to do everything I can, talking about it and letting it be known that I’m not hiding behind anything that I’ve done is one of the first steps to get started,” Parrott said. “I want to apologize to my family, to everyone at Richard Petty Motorsports, all of my friends for being with me while I’m in this position. It’s not something I’m proud of, but it’s something that I’m going to take the time to address and fix.”

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