National Stock Car Racing commission Statement: DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 10, 2003), the National Stock Car Racing Commission heard and considered the Appeal of Mike S. Wallace. The Appeal concerned a $3,000 fine issued by NASCAR under Section...
National Stock Car Racing commission Statement:
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 10, 2003), the National Stock Car Racing Commission heard and considered the Appeal of Mike S. Wallace. The Appeal concerned a $3,000 fine issued by NASCAR under Section 12-4-A; actions detrimental to stock car racing; use of improper language. The penalty stemmed from the live broadcast of the NASCAR Busch Series race at North Carolina Speedway on February 24, 2003 in which Mr. Wallace was a driver.
During the hearing, Mr. Wallace acknowledged that the infraction had occurred, but argued that he had been unaware of the presence of a television camera/microphone during an exchange of words with driver Shane Hmiel in pit lane. Furthermore, he believed that he had just waived off a live broadcast interview.
The Commission found Mr. Wallace's testimony to be succinct and sincere. The Commission notes that Mr. Wallace conducted himself in a professional manner during an ensuing broadcast interview in that same race telecast.
In considering the Appeal, the Commission recognized that NASCAR drivers in the top tiers of the sport are high-profile celebrities. They should expect to be subject to media coverage in all working areas at the racetrack and conduct themselves accordingly.
In this specific case, the Commission felt that there were mitigating circumstances and that NASCAR was correct in issuing a lesser penalty than had been issued to others in the past for similar language infractions. A further reduction of the penalty was not warranted.
It is therefore the unanimous decision of the National Stock Car Racing Commission to uphold the original penalty issued by NASCAR. The Appellant has the right under Section 15 of the Rule Book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Commissioner.
George Silbermann, Chairman