Another NASCAR driver experiences the no tolerance policy of NASCAR when it comes to violating the behavioural clause of the rule book.
Clause 12.8.1.e states that a driver may not make a “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.”
Camping World Truck Series driver and owner Josh Reaume posted a photo on Snapchat of his “Toaster Strudel” which featured a design Reaume created with the icing…the design was a swastika.
Reaume stated that he, somehow didn’t realize that he had drawn a strudel swastika when he posted the picture to Snapchat.
By way of an explanation Reaume states, “What happened was, I made a toaster strudel, I put icing on it. I put icing on it arbitrarily. I can — now, that this has become such a significant thing in my life, everything is crystal clear now in what I was thinking. I was mindlessly putting icing on a toaster strudel thinking about how I was going to arrange to get my daughter to day care in the morning because that’s my responsibility and I was flying out to Phoenix the next day.
“When I was done, I took a picture, I wrote, ‘Snack time,’ and posted it to my Snapchat, which I had no idea it was even more than my immediate friend group. [The account is] private, it’s not even under my name, to my knowledge. Now, shame on me for maybe not fully understanding SnapChat, and I don’t care to get on social media in the immediate future, but somebody obviously screen-shotted it or did something with it and pushed it to NASCAR. I don’t know what the image looks like.”
Immediately after the post appeared on Tuesday, NASCAR suspended the driver owner indefinitely and will have to attend sensitivity training classes before he can be re-instated.
By way of apology, Reaume said, “there was not a bone in my body that had an intent of doing that.”
Reaume Brother Racing field two teams in the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series season that has just concluded.