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Bubba Wallace penalized for intentional caution at Texas

NASCAR announced Saturday morning that #43 Bubba Wallace has been fined $50,000 and penalized with the loss of 50 driver points for intentionally bringing out a caution last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

The penalty is the result of Sections 12.1.a of the NASCAR Rule Book General Procedures; 12.8 NASCAR Member Conduct; 12.8.1 Member

Section 12.1.1.c is: Member actions that could result in a loss of 25-50 driver and Team Owner Points and/or $50,000-$100,000 fine and/or one Race suspension, indefinite suspension, or termination:

  • Physical confrontation with a NASCAR Official, media members, fans, etc.
  • Member-to-Member confrontation(s) with physical violence and other violent manifestations such as significant threat(s) and/or abuse and/or endangerment.
  • Attempting to manipulate the outcome of the Race or championship. [emphasis added]
  • Intentionally wrecking another vehicle, whether or not that vehicle is removed from Competition as a result.

Wallace admitted to the spin in an interview with NBC Sports’ Dustin Long Friday night.

Statement from Richard Petty Motorsport:

“Our team met with NASCAR officials this morning to discuss Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.’s post-practice comments on Friday, November 8, concerning an on-track incident which occurred at the Texas Motor Speedway,” Philippe Lopez, Richard Petty Motorsports director of competition, said. “We fully understand NASCAR’s position and expectations of its competitors. NASCAR has a difficult job officiating race events and we do not need to make the task more challenging. Wallace will not appeal the penalty, and will direct his immediate focus to this weekend’s event at the ISM Raceway.”

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