NASCAR announced on Tuesday the first fine for a violation of its COVID-19 protocols.
Anthony Clements, owner of Jeremy Clements Racing, was fined $10,000 for violating section 12.8.1.b of the Member Conduct Guidelines and section 7.7.2.j Team Event Roster Guidelines in the rulebook.
Among the potential violations in Section 12.8.1.b is that a member can be fined $5,000-$25,000 for: “Failure to comply with NASCAR’s COVID-19 Event Protocol Guidelines and/or instructions from NASCAR including screenings, social distancing, compartmentalization, and use of required personal protective equipment, etc.”
Last week, NASCAR issued a memo to teams requesting them to address “complacency” regarding its COVID-19 mask policy.
Section 7.7.2.j says “If a team is not in compliance with the Team Event Roster Rules and guidelines, that team will be subject to a Penalty as outlined in Section 12 Violations and Disciplinary Action.”
NASCAR also issued a $5,000 fine to crew chief Dave Rogers for one unsecured lug nut on Riley Herbst‘s No. 18 Toyota.
NASCAR did not issue any penalties for Friday’s post-race fight between Noah Gragson and Harrison Burton.
Last Saturday, NASCAR announced L1 level penalties for three Truck Series teams that failed pre-race inspection.