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NASCAR penalizes Andy Seuss for New Hampshire ordeal, fans pay it

Barry Cantrell

Tour Type Modified veteran Andy Seuss was penalized by NASCAR for his actions during the Whelen Modified Tour race on Saturday morning at the New Hamphire Motor Speedway.

Seuss crashed during the event following contact from Austin Beers. After getting out of his wrecked car under yellow flag conditions, Seuss ignored orders from safety workers to remain near his car, and walked down the track and gestured toward Beers as the field paced by.

NASCAR announced the following penalty on Wednesday afternoon:

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Andy Seuss has been fined $500 and suspended from NASCAR until the fine is paid. He will remain on probation until December 31, 2024.

The rule infraction is as follows:

12-8.1 Member Conduct Guidelines

  1. Heat of the moment actions or reactions, either on or off the race track.
  2. 1. Actions by a NASCAR Member that NASCAR finds to be detrimental to stock car racing or NASCAR.

9-4.2.1 On-Track Incident Procedure

A 3 After being directed to exit the vehicle, the driver must immediately proceed to either the ambulance, other vehicle or as otherwise directed by safety personnel or a NASCAR Official.

5 At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach another moving vehicle.

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Seuss also issued a statement accepting the penalty on Wednesday afternoon while expressing gratitude to a grassroots effort by fans of the discipline to pay for the fine on his behalf.

“This past Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway we had a potentially great race cut short after contact with another competitor,” Seuss said. “I next let my emotions get the best of me, in a moment I am not proud of. I believe in the old cliché that we owe it to the fans, especially the next generation of racers to be the best versions of ourselves, and I fell short of that. I accept my penalty and take full responsibility for my actions.

“And that’s where the amazing racing community comes in. Knowing the car needs repair, and a fine doesn’t help get the car get back to the track any faster, you guys took it upon yourselves to help us out with that. We have hit the $500 mark, which is enough to take care of the fine! It’s amazing to see how many people have our backs at not only the highs of racing, but also lows like this. You guys rock.

“I can’t thank every single one of you enough, and I can’t wait to show you what we have in store the next time we hit the track.”

Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He also has extensive experience covering NASCAR, IndyCar and Dirt Sprint Cars.

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  1. Alex Curtis

    July 8, 2024 at 8:38 pm

    I missed this. The next time a car is crashed, on fire and the driver is struggling to get out and most likely will burn to death the safety workers should flip off the driver and walk away.

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