NASCAR suspends driver Gray Gaulding over domestic violence charges


NASCAR driver Gray Gaulding was suspended indefinitely Wednesday night after the sanctioning body learned that the 26-year-old driver had been charged with domestic violence.

Court records show Gaulding was arrested Tuesday morning by the Cornelius (NC) Police Department. Located north of Charlotte, NC, Cornelius borders the east side of Lake Norman, where several current and former NASCAR drivers live.

According to jail records, Gaulding was arrested around 7:40 a.m. Tuesday on domestic violence charges. The Colonial Heights, Virginia, native was released on his own recognizance around 12:35 p.m. after signing a written agreement to appear in court.

Gaulding, who competes part-time in the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series, has yet to race this season. Last year, he competed in one Cup event and 11 Xfinity Series races, earning two top-10 finishes. He finished eighth at Talladega and ninth in the second Xfinity Series race at Daytona, driving for team owner Bobby Dotter in both events.


A North Carolina native, Deb Williams is an award-winning motorsports journalist in her fourth decade of covering auto racing. In addition to covering sports for United Press International, she has written motorsports articles for several newspapers, magazines and websites, including, USA Today and The Charlotte Observer. Her awards include the American Motorsports Media Award of Excellence, two-time National Motorsports Press Association Author of the Year, and two-time Russ Catlin Award winner. She also won an award in the North Carolina Press Association's sports feature category. During her career, Deb was editor-in-chief of GT Motorsports magazine and spent 18 years at Winston Cup Scene and NASCAR Winston Cup Scene, serving as the publication's editor for 10 years. In 2024, she was inducted into the NMPA Hall of Fame.