NASCAR announces new rules with sweeping changes to its behavior policy

Part of the rule changes issued Friday night (Greg Engle)

Part of the rule changes issued Friday night (Greg Engle)

NASCAR issued sweeping changes to the 2016 rules Friday night specifically targeted at behavior of its members on and off the track.  The changes are historic and apply to NASCAR members in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series.

The sanctioning body has never had hard rules that covered behavioral infractions, however that all changed Friday night as the changes to the rulebook were unveiled.  The news came as NASCAR prepared for its first race of the season as the Camping World Truck series readied to race its first race of the 2016 season at Daytona International Speedway.  The new rules are comprehensive and cover such infractions as the deliberate crashing of another competitor on the track, physical altercations between drivers, members of the media or officials and intentionally altering the outcome of a race.  Included in the infractions are racial slurs, disparaging comments and publicly criticizing how NASCAR.

Previous incidents have been dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

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