NASCAR: Two drivers suspended for social media posts reinstated

Mike Wallace, NASCAR (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Mike Wallace, NASCAR (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

Two NASCAR drivers who were suspended over posts on social media last year, Mike Wallace and Josh Reaume, have been reinstated.

As a result of the fact that they have “successfully completed the terms and conditions mandated for reinstatement”, both Josh Reaume and Mike Wallace have been reinstated by NASCAR.

Both drivers were suspended indefinitely last year, with Wallace’s suspension coming in September and Reaume’s following two months later.

Both Reaume and Wallace were suspended due to making social media posts which violated member conduct guidelines outlined in Sections 12.1, 12.8 and 12.8.1e of the NASCAR Rule Book.

Said guidelines discussed in Section 12.8.1e cover the following:

"“…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.”"

NASCAR did not reveal the exact cause for either driver’s suspension at the time, and they still have not done so. With that being said, the reported post that led to Reaume’s suspension was actually quite bizarre.

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Entering the 2021 season, Reaume has competed in the Xfinity Series and/or the Truck Series in each of the last eight seasons. Last season, he competed in two Xfinity Series races and 12 Truck Series races.

Despite Reaume having not yet competed in any races in 2021, Reaume Brothers Racing have still fielded the #33 Chevrolet/Toyota and the #34 Chevrolet/Toyota in each of the first five races on the Truck Series schedule, and they have fielded the #23 Ford/Chevrolet in collaboration with RSS Racing for two Xfinity Series races.

Wallace, meanwhile, has competed in the three national series since 1990, but his three starts in the Xfinity Series last year were his first starts in any of those three series since 2015.

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Neither Reaume nor Wallace have any confirmed upcoming starts for the 2021 season.