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Jeremy Clements Racing Owner Fined for COVID-19 Protocol Violations

Almost two months since NASCAR returned to action amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the sport’s sanctioning body has handed down its first punishment for violation of virus protocols.

Jeremy Clements Racing owner Tony Clements was hit with a $10,000 fine on July 14 for violation of the rulebook’s Member Conduct Guidelines section 12.8.1.b and Team Event Roster Guidelines section 7.7.2.j. Those specifications outline the penalties for any crew member failing to cooperate with NASCAR’s rules regarding the coronavirus.

The former section reads that a “failure to comply with NASCAR’s COVID-19 Event Protocol Guidelines and/or instructions from NASCAR including screenings, social distancing, compartmentalization, and use of required personal protective equipment, etc.” and specifies a fine of $5,000-$25,000.

The latter guidelines state “if a team is not in compliance with the Team Event Roster Rules and guidelines, that team will be subject to a Penalty as outlined in Section 12 Violations and Disciplinary Action.”

A memo was also sent out to teams last week regarding complacency toward the health protocols put in place, stating that the sport was seeing a rising number of personnel not wearing their masks.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States has been steadily climbing since mid-June after a slight decline, and the Cup Series’ Jimmie Johnson contracted the virus two weeks ago. The seven-time champion missed Indianapolis Motor Speedway but recovered in time to race at Kentucky Speedway.

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Adam Cheek joined Frontstretch as a contributing writer in January 2019. A 2020 graduate of VCU, he works as a producer and talent for Entercom Richmond's radio stations. In addition to motorsports journalism, Adam also covered and broadcasted numerous VCU athletics for the campus newspaper and radio station during his four years there. He's been a racing fan since the age of three, inheriting the passion from his grandfather, who raced in amateur events up and down the East Coast in the 1950s.

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    I thought JJ didn’t have the Covid-19. It was a false positive. I’ve seen several times, just on the TV broadcast that drivers were not wearing the mask properly, no fines there.

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    Typical NASCAR, pick on a struggling team, meanwhile the front runners do whatever…..select enforcement?