NASCAR & Auto Racing

Car owner found guilty of assault after 2005 Bowman Gray race

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A stock-car owner was found guilty Thursday in the misdemeanor assault of a driver after a bloody 2005 post-race fight at Bowman Gray Stadium.

A Forsyth Superior Court jury found James “Rupert” Sink, 39, guilty of assault inflicting serious injury in the beating of Maynard Peters. The incident happened Aug. 13, 2005, after a NASCAR-sanctioned event.

Sink was also found guilty of simple assault against another man who came to Peters’ aid.

Sink, of Winston-Salem, was sentenced to 29 days in jail and three years probation. Judge Henry E. Frye Jr. also ordered Sink to pay $20,146 to cover the men’s medical bills. Peters’ injuries required surgery to repair fractures in bones around his eyes and a broken nose.

Sink had faced three felony charges linked to the incident. Frye dismissed two of them and told the jury not to consider the third for lack of evidence.

“We obviously weren’t happy to get convicted of anything, but I was happy that the court threw out the felonies,” said Sink attorney Don Tisdale, adding that his client will appeal.

Witnesses said the beating took place after Peters had collided with Kris Bradley’s car as they went into the third turn of the quarter-mile track during a 15-lap race. Bradley was Sink’s driver.

Bradley and his twin brother, Robert, also face assault charges. Their trials are scheduled for next month.