NASCAR fines Darrell Wallace Jr. for tweet

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NASCAR fined Darrell Wallace Jr. $15,000 for a tweet likening series officials to the “Muppets” after last weekend’s Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway.

Wallace was fined under Section 12.1 of the Rule Book — NASCAR Member Conduct. He also was cited for Section 12.8.a and 12.8.1.b

Section 12.8.a reads:

NASCAR membership is a privilege. With that privilege comes certain benefits, responsibilities and obligations. Correct and proper conduct, both on and off the race track, is part of a Member’s responsibilities. A Member’s actions can reflect upon the sport as a whole and on other NASCAR Members. Ideally, NASCAR Members are role models for the many fans who follow this sport, regardless of the type of license a Member may hold, or the specific Series in which a Member may participate. Therefore, NASCAR views a Member’s conduct, both on and off the race track, which might constitute a behavioral rules violations under this Rule Book with great importance.

Section 12.8.1.b reads:

Member actions that could result in a $5,000-$25,000 fine and/or probation:

  • Disparaging the sport and/or NASCAR’s leadership;
  • Verbal abuse of a NASCAR Official, media members, fans, etc.;
  • Intentionally damaging another vehicle under yellow or red flag conditions or on pit road with no one around.

NASCAR added Section 12.8.1.b in February when it updated its behavior policies and specified penalties for particular actions.

Roush Fenway Racing will not appeal the penalty.