Felony charge reduced against Daniel Dye, released for ARCA racing

Written by Jerry Jordan, Editor

ARCA Menards chain officials have confirmed that Daniel Day has been reinstated and this weekend’s driver’s leave at Kansas Speedway at Dutch Boy 150 after a felony battery charge against him was reduced to a misdemeanor.

“Daniel Day’s suspension has been lifted indefinitely,” according to a statement from ARCA Menard. A return to all ARCA racing activities has been approved as of Friday, May 13, 2022.

GMS Racing also confirmed Dye’s place behind the wheel in its own statement, “ARCA Menards Series officials announced today that GMS Racing Daniel Dye has been returned to competition. Dye and Team 43 Chevrolet will compete at Saturday’s event at Kansas Speedway.”

The third-degree felony came after Dai and another high school student were allegedly cutting classes and Dai hit the other student in the thigh, according to the original Kickin’ the Tire article.

By his own admission, Day confirmed how the incident happened that led to his arrest and his being brought to the Volusia County Branch Jail on $2,500 bail on April 26.

“I think it is important to explain what happened that prompted local police officers to detain me,” Day wrote in a statement on his website – DanielDyeRacing.com – announcing that his comment from ARCA had been included. “The facts are that I and my classmates have been involved in an admittedly silly and immature game that is usually played at school between boys and involves hitting each other in the groin. This has been happening since we were in the ninth grade. The other student “got me” and then I put it back. I want To be very clear that no one was trying to seriously injured anyone in the game and I’m relieved to know that the other student has recovered.”

According to the Volusia County website, all felony trial proceedings have been “closed” and “cancelled.” Subsequent research into misdemeanor cases showed that Dai’s charge was now simply, “the battery”.

According to Florida statutory statutes, both battering and battering appear as a felony under the same criminal code, Title XLVI CRIMES, Chapter 784, ASSAULT; the battery; Binding Negligence, Section 03, “(1) (a) The offense of battery occurs when a person: 1. actually and intentionally hits or touches another person against the will of another; or 2. intentionally causes bodily harm to another person.”

The case file confirms that the charge has been reduced as of Friday, May 13. Day and his attorney, Aaron Delgado, are scheduled to appear in the new misdemeanor charge at 1:30 p.m. on June 7 at a preliminary hearing. The official court date is set for June 22 at 8:30 a.m. at this time.

“I am grateful to be able to pursue my ambition as a professional racing car driver and will do everything in my power to rise above this incident and continue to be a positive example to others,” Day wrote in his statement. “It continues this weekend at Kansas Speedway.”

Author Justin Schuler contributed to this report.

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