Longtime NASCAR driver Mike Wallace has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for violating their behavioral rules.
While NASCAR hasn’t specified what led to this penalty (as is customary), they simply said that Wallace violated its member conduct guidelines. According to a Fox Sports reporter, Wallace was suspended for a social media post.
NASCAR has suspended part-time Xfinity Series driver Mike Wallace for a social media post that violated its behavioral policy. He must complete sensitivity training as directed by NASCAR to be reinstated.
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 10, 2020
The excerpt from NASCAR’s rule book section 12.8.1.e states:
“Member actions that could result in a fine and/or indefinite suspension, or termination: 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.”
Unlike a termination, Wallace has the opportunity to be reinstated as long as he completes sensitivity training given by NASCAR. Wallace has yet to comment on whether or not he will accept this deal.
The 61-year-old returned to NASCAR after a five-year hiatus in 2020. He’s raced in three Xfinity Series races with Johnny Davis Motorsports this season with a best finish of 24th. He has four wins in 497 career Xfinity starts as well as five wins in 115 starts in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and has made 197 starts in the NASCAR Cup Series.
For a look at some of Wallace’s career highlights, watch the video below.