Petty, crew chief Parrott part ways

Todd Parrott was released from Richard Petty Motorsports on Monday for violating NASCAR’s substance-abuse policy.

The 19-year veteran crew chief won the 1999 Sprint Cup championship with Dale Jarrett and most recently oversaw the No. 43 Ford team and driver Aric Almirola. Parrott has been with RPM since 2010. He has 31 Sprint Cup wins.

Parrott has already submitted his application for NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program and NASCAR officials confirm he has been accepted into the program.

Greg Ebert will take over as the interim crew chief for Aric Almirola’s team.

Ebert has served in the role of car chief of the No. 43 Ford for the past two seasons and has been a car chief with RPM since its inception. Before joining RPM, Ebert spent nine years at Roush Fenway Racing serving the last five of those seasons as the car chief for Matt Kenseth.

"We are confident in Greg’s leadership abilities and we will give him the resources he needs to be successful," explained Sammy Johns, vice president of operations and competition. "He is very familiar with our race program and gives us a more seamless transition. More importantly, he gives Aric the best opportunity to finish the season strong."