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NWS: Bumping incident at Memphis costs Wallace

NASCAR hits Steve Wallace with a fine and places him on probation following incident during Nationwide event in Memphis
Expressing your displeasure can be costly, as Nationwide Series driver Steve Wallace found out Wednesday.

Irate at Matt Kenseth over late-race contact that had spun him into the outside wall and cost him a possible top-five finish, Wallace tagged Kenseth's Ford on pit road after Saturday's Kroger 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park.

NASCAR, which traditionally has taken a dim view of drivers using their cars as weapons, fined Wallace $5,000 and placed him on probation until Dec. 31.

With a 20th-place finish at Memphis, Wallace lost ground to Justin Allgaier, who ran 19th, in the battle for the fifth position in the series standings. Wallace fell one spot to seventh in the points and trails fifth-place Allgaier by 117 points with three races left in the season. Only the top five finishers in the series are recognized on stage during the annual awards banquet in Florida.

Consistent with its treatment of a similar Nationwide race incident involving Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards in August 2008 at Bristol, NASCAR chose not to penalize Wallace any championship points. In 2005, Tony Stewart was fined $5,000 and placed on probation (but not docked points) for bumping the car of Brian Vickers after a Nationwide race at Watkins Glen.

by Reid Spencer/Sporting News



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Mark - Unregistered

October 30, 2009 1:04 AM

If this was the other way around (steve wrecking kenseth) inside of 10 laps nascar would have asked steve to come to the hauler, I will be the first to admit that he has had his share of wrecking people the last few years, but this year is different, he's starting to race well and put his cars in position to have a good finish and has got wrecked 4 weeks in a row, how much would you put up with that until you explode, he get's no respect and yet they say prove yourself and when he's in contention to do that he get's wrecked It's bull**** imo, I think he's starting to come around and bad luck with driver's and nascar and general has snubbed him.



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