By AMANDA VINCENT
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Trevor Bayne and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Jennifer Jo Cobb were penalized by NASCAR, both for getting out of their racing vehicles and walking across the racing surface at Dover (Del.) International Speedway before being attended to by track safety crew members, according to a penalty announcement from NASCAR on Wednesday.
As a result of the rules infraction, Bayne was fined $20,000 and placed on probation through the end of the year. Cobb was fined $5,000 and also placed on probation through Dec. 31.
The NASCAR rule stipulating that drivers not walk across a racing surface during a race, even under caution, before being attended to by track/NASCAR safety personnel came as a result of the fatal sprint car accident involving Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward Jr. last August at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York when Ward climbed out of his car to confront Stewart and was struck by Stewart’s car, resulting in Ward’s death.
Cobb wrecked in the May 29 Truck Series race at Dover after contact with Tyler Reddick, the eventual winner of the race. After her wrecked truck came to rest on the race track, Cobb climbed from her truck and walked across the track to express displeasure with Reddick as he drove by under caution.
Bayne also walked across the track May 31, while the Sprint Cup Series race was under caution. He didn’t do so to confront another driver, though. Instead, he walked across the track to climb into the ambulance waiting to transport him to the track’s infield care center.
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