On Monday, NASCAR announced the indefinite suspension of Derek White, a Canadian race car driver recently arrested on tobacco and drug smuggling charges. White was a part-time NASCAR competitor with 22 starts in the Xfinity Series and one race of experience at the Sprint Cup Series level. White had competed in one of the five Xfinity Series races, so far, this season. His lone Sprint Cup start came last year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
In it’s penalty announcement, NASCAR cited a violation of section 2.11.a of its rule book. That rule states, “Any NASCAR member charged with any violation of the law (misdemeanor and/or felony) shall notify NASCAR. . . prior to the next scheduled event or within 72 hours of being so charged, whichever is earlier.” White was arrested on March 30. The first Xfinity Series race after the arrest is the April 8 race at Texas Motor Speedway. The Sprint Cup Series raced at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on April 2.
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