YouWager has learned that Nationwide Series driver Jeremy Clements has been suspended indefinitely for using a racial slur in an interview with a writer at Daytona International Speedway.
There has been no confirmation as to what Clements said just that it was an “intolerable and insensitive remark” and violated the sanctioning body’s Code of Conduct for actions detrimental to stock car racing, according to NASCAR officials.
These officials did confirm that the remarks came during the course of a Feb. 23 interview, the same same day as the Nationwide opener at DIS.
The 29 year-old driver managed to finish 33rd after parking early with an oil-line problem. Clements released the following statement: “I apologize and regret what I said to the NASCAR writer and to NASCAR, my sponsors, my fans, and my team. NASCAR has a Code of Conduct that everyone must follow and I unintentionally violated that code.
“I will not get into specifics of what I said, but my comment to the writer was in no way meant to be disrespectful or insensitive to anyone or to be detrimental to NASCAR or the NASCAR Nationwide Series. I will do what I need to do in order to atone for my error in judgment.”
NASCAR released an official comment in a statement from Steve O’Donnell, vice president of racing operations.
“During the course of an interview, Jeremy Clements made an intolerable and insensitive remark,” O’Donnell said in a release. “NASCAR has a Code of Conduct that’s explicitly spelled out in the 2013 NASCAR Rule Book. We fully expect our entire industry to adhere to that Code.”
According to the rule book it prohibits “public statement” that criticizes, ridicules or otherwise disparages another person based on race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age or handicapping condition.