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NASCAR reminds drivers of media obligations

NASCAR has warned drivers that penalties could be forthcoming for failing to comply with this season’s new media availability policy. In memos that were distributed to teams before practice Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway, NASCAR said it could penalize those who “fail to complete their media obligations or is verbally aggressive toward a NASCAR staff member or media member.” As part of a new system in place for the Cup series this season, all drivers are required to go through a designated bullpen area for interviews after qualifying. The second through 10th-place finishers in all three national series also must attend a postrace bullpen for interviews. Though NASCAR officials largely have been pleased with nearly all drivers’ participation in the new policy, the memo noted that “select drivers have intentionally missed media obligations or refused to give an interview during a bullpen session. We also have been made aware that some drivers have been verbally aggressive with media members. It goes without saying that is something we need to course correct in short order.”(NBC Sports)(4-6-2019)