Driver Jeremy Clements stands next to his car after qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (AP/FOX Carolina) -
NASCAR has suspended Nationwide Series driver Jeremy Clements for violating the sanctioning body's code of conduct.
The suspension announced Wednesday is indefinite.
NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations Steve O'Donnell said Clements made an "intolerable and insensitive remark" during the course of an interview. No other details were given.
ESPN cited a source Wednesday night and said Clements is believed to have made a racial slur.
In a statement on his Facebook page, Clements said he unintentionally violated the code, during a statement to a NASCAR writer. He said he would not delve into the specifics of what he said.
"My comment to the writer was in no way meant to be disrespectful or insensitive to anyone or to be detrimental to NASCAR or the NASCAR Nationwide Series," Clements said in the statement. "I will do what I need to do in order to atone for my error in judgement."
Clements finished 33rd in Saturday's race at Daytona after dropping out early with an oil line problem.
Clements, who is the son of NASCAR owner and crew chief Crawford Clements, was born in Spartanburg and drives the No. 51 car.
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