NASCAR requires Mike Wallace to complete sensitivity training before requesting NASCAR reinstatement
Update: The following post has been update with screenshots of deleted or hidden facebook posts from Mike Wallace’s personal account. See the update below.
Mike Wallace has been suspended for a social media comment. The suspension is indefinite.
Wallace was called in violation of several section of the NASCAR rule book. Of those: 12.1; 12.8; 12.8.1.e.
“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.”
12.1 and 12.8 of the NASCAR rule book are the same lines used to hand out the penalty to Kyle Larson back in April. Laron used a racial slur during an online iRacing broadcast.
Mike Wallace comments ahead of suspension announcement
About an hour ahead of the penalty announcement, Wallace took to his facebook account…
“You know as I fly across the United States today I’m ready various people’s political views and I have to say a famous four star Military General that I spent time with in the MidEast told me, ‘Mike let me give you some advice don’t ever get in a conversation about politics or religion unless you are really smart.’ “
“I said, ‘why do you say that comment.’ His response, ‘it’s like being balanced on a single edge razor blade if you slip you will get cut!’ “
“Think about that before we all make foolish uneducated post! Moral of this story is most of use just repeat what we have heard we really don’t know. “
Wallace concluded, “Have a great positive day!”
NASCAR did not clarify which social media comment caused the penalty, per usual.
Recently, Mike Wallace made his first NASCAR start in 5 years. He’s been racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on a part-time bases.
In 2020, he’s been driving the No. 0 Chevrolet for owner Johnny Davis. In three starts this year, he’s finished 24th at the Indianapolis Road Course, 24th at Elkhart Lake and 25th on the Daytona Road Course.
In his career, Wallace has 497 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with a total of four wins. He’s also run 115 NASCAR Truck Series events with five wins. Furthermore, Wallace has run 197 NASCAR Cup Series races with his last coming in 2015.
Marker Scan signed a deal with JD Motorsports for three races. Those races were all completed in 2020.
NASCAR suspends Mike Wallace
Penalty date: 9/10/2020
Driver: Mike Wallace
Infraction: Sections 12.1; 12.8; 12.8.1.e
Penalty/Remarks: Indefinite suspension from NASCAR. Wallace must perform sensitivity training as directed by NASCAR.
Update: What did Mike Wallace do?
The following facebook posts were hidden or deleted from Mike Wallace’s personal page as the suspension was announced.
Two of items were shared of another persons post. One was a photo of Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s VP, Kamala Harris. With the photo of Harris, Mike added a personal message.
He stated, “Can you believe this semi Black person is on TV saying blacks in America have NEVER had the same opportunity as whites? Didn’t we have a black president for 8 years??”
It remains unclear if the posts below caused the suspension as NASCAR does not go into detail.