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NASCAR Driver Suspended for Social Media post

A veteran NASCAR driver was suspended indefinitely for a violation of the sport’s official behavioral rules Yahoo Sports reported.  The specific violation has not been identified, as is the custom for NASCAR suspensions.

Mike Wallace, 61, is a member of the famous Wallace racing family.  His older brother, Rusty, is in the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and his younger brother, Kenny, was a racer and broadcaster.

According to NBC Sports Wallace was found in violation of section 12.8.1.e of the NASCAR rulebook.  That rules forbids, “Public statement and/or communication that criticizes, ridicules, or otherwise disparages another person based upon that person’s race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, or handicapping condition.”

Wallace posted a message on his Facebook page addressing the situation.  “You know as I fly across the United States today I’m ready various people’s political views and I have to say a famous four star Military General that I spent time with in the MidEast told me Mike let me give you some advice don’t ever get in a conversation about politics or religion unless you are really smart. I said why do you say that comment His response it’s like being balanced on a single edge razor blade if you slip you will get cut! Think about that before we all make foolish uneducated post! Moral of this story is most of use just repeat what we have heard we really don’t know,” Wallace wrote shortly before the announcement of his suspension.

Wallace concluded his post, “Have a great positive day!”

The suspension comes after Wallace had made his return to NASCAR racing on a part-time basis after taking a 5-year break.  He has made over 700 official starts in NASCAR’s top 3 series, with his last win coming at Talladega in 2011.

Since his return to active NASCAR competition, Wallace has participated in 3 races for Johnny Davis Motorsports.  His best finish so far has been 24th place at Indianapolis.

NASCAR already dealt with a controversy earlier this year when racer Bubba Wallace, no relation to Mike, found what he described as a noose in his assigned garage at Talladega during a race earlier this year.  Bubba Wallace, who is black, reported the incident to NASCAR officials.  An FBI investigation determined that the noose had been tied in the garage as a pull rope since at least October of 2019.  No charges were filed and the FBI considered the matter to be closed.

As part of his punishment for the violation of NASCAR terms, Wallace will undergo sensitivity training.  It is currently unknown whether the offending post has been removed from Wallace’s Facebook page.

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