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Suspended Waltrip chief no longer with racing team

TALLADEGA (AP) — David Hyder, one of two Michael Waltrip Racing employees suspended by NASCAR in a cheating scandal at Daytona in February, parted ways with the team Friday.

"As of this morning, Michael Waltrip Racing and David Hyder have ended their employment relationship," Waltrip said Friday.

Hyder and team director Bobby Kennedy were both put on indefinite suspension and Hyder was fined $100,000 by NASCAR after an illegal substance was found in the intake manifold of Waltrip's No. 55 Toyota during an inspection prior to the season-opening Daytona 500.

Kennedy remains on the team payroll but is still suspended.

Both NASCAR and the team have investigated the incident, but no results of those investigation have been made public.

There were several other teams caught cheating at Daytona, but the others were for technical violations that resulted only in fines and loss of points.

Waltrip, who was docked a record 100 points, said, "I would never be a party to that. The little tricks some of the cars got caught with was one thing. Whatever we did, the way that went down, that shouldn't have happened."

Asked how much he now knows about the illegal substance and how it was applied, Waltrip said, "Someone said the other day they believe the amount of people that could have done that would fit in the back seat of a car."

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