Veteran NASCAR Cup Series spotter Eddie D’Hondt has been cleared of charges and reinstated by both the sanctioning body and Hendrick Motorsports.
The 62-year-old is eligible to resume his duties serving as spotter for reigning Cup Series champion Chase Elliott and Xfinity Series contender Justin Allgaier, effective immediately.
D’Hondt was arrested and charged on misdemeanor charges of assault in late May.
The charges were dismissed as a result of “insufficient evidence to warrant prosecution. Conflicting statements were made by the witnesses and dispositive evidence was never provided to the district attorney’s office.”
NASCAR confirmed D’Hondt’s reinstatement on Friday and Hendrick Motorsports followed with a statement.
“We are pleased about the resolution of this matter and look forward to Eddie D’Hondt re-joining our team this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway.”
Autoweek was provided the following statement from the D’Hondt legal team:
“Mr. D’Hondt is very pleased with today’s announcement of dismissal. He is grateful that based on the diligent efforts of his defense team the District Attorney was able to process this case and ultimately decide it had no merit and the charges levied against him were totally unfounded. Mr. D’Hondt would like to personally thank all the people who have shown him and his family a tremendous amount of support and love. He is glad that justice has won the day and will consider any and all available legal remedies against his accuser. Mr. D’Hondt looks forward to resuming his lengthy career as one of the top spotters in NASCAR.”
D’Hondt has served as a spotter at Hendrick Motorsports since 2011 and previously worked alongside Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon before his pairing with Elliott.
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