Jul 30, 2011; Indianapolis, IN, USA; NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Jeremy Clements during practice for the Kroger 200 at the Lucas Oil Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR Reinstate Jeremy Clements


Earlier this morning NASCAR announced that they have reinstated Nationwide Series driver Jeremy Clements.

Clements was suspended a few weeks ago for making a statement to a member of the media with a racial slur.

Today, Clements is cleared to compete after completing NASCAR’s Diversity and Ethics in Sports program.

“As part of the requirements for reinstatement, Jeremy Clements participated in an individualized program with Dr. Richard Lapchick and his staff at the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “In Dr. Lapchick’s judgment, Jeremy has successfully completed the program. We’re pleased that Jeremy has taken these important steps and will return to racing starting this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.”

Clements released a statement shortly after his reinstatement. He will be returning to the track this weekend and will race in Saturday’s True Grit Chips 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“I would like to thank NASCAR for their support throughout this entire process. I would also like to thank Dr. Lapchick and his team for their time and the opportunity to help me grow. I have learned a lot and am looking ahead, to getting back in the car at Bristol and having a fresh start to the season. I am truly grateful to my sponsors who have stood by me, to my fans for their tremendous outpouring of support and to my family and team for their unwavering love and support,” Clements said in a released statement.

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