V8 Supercar ace Jason Richards has hit out at the decision taken by Jack Daniels Racing to drop Shane Price with just four races left in the 2008 campaign.
Team owner Larry Perkins made the announcement ahead of this weekend's event at Surfers Paradise that Price would be replaced by his son Jack for the final races of the year with the decision taken after the 21-year-old suffered a 'slump in form' and 'failed to turn strong qualifying into race results'.
While it leaves Price, who has now left the team completely, looking for a drive for 2009, Richards – one of the more experienced drivers in the field – said it was a ridiculous decision so late in the day.
"Ridiculous, just ridiculous!" the Sprint Gas Racing ace said in his blog on the official V8 Supercar website. "That is my reaction to Jack Daniels Racing dumping Shane Price with just four races left in the 2008 season. That goes for any team who cuts a driver with only a few races left in the year, not just JDR.
"I haven't been looking closely at Shane's results but I don't think Todd Kelly has been setting the track alight either and the decision to drop Shane for Jack Perkins is a bit of a mystery to me.
"It actually reminds me a lot of what happened to Jamie Whincup at Garry Rogers Motorsport. He then came to Tasman and now he is at 888 and hasn't looked back. Hopefully Shane can come out of this with similar results.
"I also wish Jack all the best but I think the move is a ridiculous one."
Price lay 23rd in the drivers' standings ahead of the Gold Coast race weekend.