NASCAR announced on Wednesday that it has reinstated Nationwide Series driver Jeremy Clements. Clements was indefinitely suspended following the season opening race weekend at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (Feb. 22-24) because of a racial slur he made while being interviewed by a reporter for MTV.
“As part of the requirements for reinstatement, Jeremy Clements participated in an individualized program with Dr. Richard Lapchick and his staff at the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports," NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Operations Steve O’Donnell, said in a written statement from NASCAR. “In Dr. Lapchick’s judgment, Jeremy has successfully completed the program. We’re pleased that Jeremy has taken these important steps and will return to racing starting this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.”
While his suspension has been lifted, Clements is on NASCAR probation until Sept. 13. He is expected to be back to racing when the Nationwide Series is next in action at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway on Saturday. Clements drives a self-owned No. 51 Chevrolet. He finished 33 at Daytona, the only race in which he has competed so far in 2013.