NASCAR & Auto Racing

Speed Channel suspends reporter Ray Dunlap

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Speed Channel has suspended on-air broadcaster Ray Dunlap for three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races, beginning with this weekend's Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Speed's spokesman Erik Arneson confirmed Dunlap's suspension on Thursday. Arneson declined to reveal the reason for Dunlap's suspension, saying Speed does not comment on personnel issues.

However, The Charlotte Observer and have learned through multiple sources that Dunlap's suspension is not related to any on-air actions in his role as pit reporter for Speed Channel.

Dunlap, reached by phone on Thursday, declined to comment.

Dunlap began doing play-by-play and pit reporting for the Trucks series in 1997 as well as working the pits covering various other series including Nextel Cup, Busch, Automobile Racing Club of America and Hooters Pro Cup.