NASCAR Reinstates Mike Wallace after Suspension over Social Media Posts

by Jennifer Shea

NASCAR has reinstated driver Mike Wallace after suspending him for his social media posts last year.

Wallace received an indefinite suspension on Sept. 10, 2020. NASCAR said the suspension was for social media posts violating the member conduct guidelines found in NASCAR’s Rule Book.

NASCAR specifically pointed to Section 12.8.1.e of the Rule Book, which pertains to any “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.” Drivers can be fined, suspended or terminated for violating it.

Mike Wallace Warned Followers About Careless Posts

NASCAR officials did not identify a particular social media post that provoked the suspension. But Wallace seemed to have some idea. On the same day his suspension was announced, he posted a contemplative message to Facebook.

“You know as I fly across the United States today I’m reading various people’s political views,” he wrote. “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 was 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!” Wallace added. “Moral of this story is most of use just repeat what we have heard we really don’t know if it’s true or not. Have a great positive day!”

According to Fox News, Wallace had commented on topics such as gun violence and slavery on his Facebook feed.

Wallace Appealed His Suspension

NASCAR acknowledged that Wallace had appealed his suspension, but said it was upheld twice. First by the National Motorsports Appeal Panel on Sept. 23, and then with the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer on Oct. 7. He reportedly had to undergo sensitivity training as part of the conditions for his reinstatement.

Wallace has racked up more than 100 starts in three NASCAR national tours, including three last season in the Xfinity Series for JD Motorsports.

NASCAR also announced that it was reinstating Josh Reaume on Wednesday after suspending him on Nov. 10 of last year. Like Wallace, he apparently fulfilled the conditions NASCAR spelled out for his reinstatement.