NASCAR issued a behavioral penalty to Richard Petty Motorsports driver Bubba Wallace on Saturday for intentionally manipulating competition last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
The driver has been fined $50,000 and docked 50 driver points as a result.
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Wallace brought out a caution during a green-flag pit cycle when his car spun after a tire began going down. Kyle Larson was perhaps the most vocal driver to question if Wallace intentionally spun his car, and later Friday said his team looked at the data, which bolstered his claim.
âWe fully understand NASCARâs position and expectations of its competitors,â Philippe Lopez, Richard Petty Motorsports director of competition, said in a team statement. âNASCAR 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 weekendâs event at the ISM Raceway.â
In a brief interview with NBC Sportsâ Dustin Long on Friday, Wallace said the following when asked if he was worried about a potential penalty: âUntil they do anything, no. Iâm not the only one to do it.â
Larson, a playoff driver running in the top five at the time, and others had to alter their pit strategy at Texas as a result.
NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller is expected to meet with reporters later this afternoon at ISM Raceway in Phoenix.
This story will be updated.