NASCAR issued criminal conduct to Richard Petty Motorsports driver Buba Wallace on Saturday for deliberately manipulating the competition last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
The driver is fined $ 50,000 and as a result finishes 50 points to the driver.
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Wallace took caution during the green flag cycle when his car spun after the tire started to come off. Kyle Larson was perhaps the most vocal driver to question whether Wallace had intentionally turned his car around, and later said on Friday that his team had examined the data supporting his claim.
"We fully understand the position and expectations of NASCAR's competitors," Philip Lopez, competition director of Richard Petty Motorsports, said in a statement to the team. "NASCAR has a tough job organizing racing events and we don't have to make the task harder. Wallace will not appeal the penalty and will focus his immediate focus on this weekend's Raceway ISM event. "
In a short interview with Dustin Long on NBC Sports on Friday, Wallace said the following when asked if he was worried about a potential punishment:" Until they do something, no.
Larson, a playoff pilot who was once in the top five, and others had to change their pit strategy in Texas as a result.
NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller is expected to meet reporters later this afternoon at ISM Raceway in Phoenix.
This story will be updated.