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Logano’s team, Piquet penalized by NASCAR for infractions

Oct 1, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

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Tuesday in NASCAR is often “penalty day” and the first day of October was no exception for two members of the NASCAR Nationwide Series garage.

Penske Racing, whose race-winning No. 22 Discount Tires Ford driven by Joey Logano was too low in Nationwide post-race inspection after winning Saturday in Dover, has crew chief Jeremy Bullins fined $10,000 and team owner Roger Penske docked six entrant points in the owner’s championship.

Official violations for that car per NASCAR are: Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to the NASCAR rules detailed in Section 20-A of the NASCAR rule book, or has been approved by NASCAR prior to the event); and 20A-12.8.1(B) (the car failed to meet the minimum front car heights) of the 2013 rule book.

Elsewhere, Nelson Piquet Jr. was fined $10,000, required to participate in sensitivity training and placed on indefinite probation for violating NASCAR’s Code of Conduct policy.

Inflammatory, homophobic tweets posted Sept. 25 – since removed – were found to be in violation of Sections 7-5 (Code of Conduct) and 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the 2013 NASCAR rule book.

“Nelson Piquet Jr. recently communicated an offensive and derogatory term that cannot be tolerated in our sport,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations, in a statement. “NASCAR’s Code of Conduct explicitly spells out in the 2013 rule book our position regarding the use of disparaging terms. We expect our entire industry to abide by this Code.”

  1. worknman24hours - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    You know, Piquet is in the United States and should be allowed to say what he wants without penalty.

    Otherwise, you are treating him like a slave.

    You don’t have to agree with what he says-but he should be allowed to say it .

    This is America.

    • Keith Collantine - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:58 AM

      Disgusting to see a racing driver using homophobic terms of abuse – NASCAR are quite right to send a clear message it’s not acceptable.

      You don’t have to agree with what he says-but he should be allowed to say it .

      That’s fine if it’s an opinion – not if it’s a discriminatory insult.

    • indycarseries500 - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      …and he hasn’t been arrested or repriminded by the Federal/state governments so he is allowed to say it but if you sign up for that NASCAR license you agree to their Terms and Conditions.

  2. jets12 - Oct 2, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Everyone in this country has freedom of speech. But that doesn’t mean they are free of accountability. It was a stupid comment.

  3. biggdaddy007 - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    who cares what that rat has to say

  4. dan46778 - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Time for him to have a chat with if you can play group

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