Nationwide Series driver Clements suspended

NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Jeremy Clements was suspended indefinitely for violating the sanctioning body's code of conduct.

ESPN reports Clements made a racial slur during an interview with a writer at Daytona International Speedway.

NASCAR confirmed Clements made a comment during an interview Feb. 23 that drew him his suspension.

"During the course of an interview, Jeremy Clements made an intolerable and insensitive remark," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "NASCAR has a Code of Conduct that's explicitly spelled out in the 2013 NASCAR Rule Book. We fully expect our entire industry to adhere to that Code."

Clements, who finished 33rd in the race at Daytona over the weekend, issued a statement, but didn't admit to making a racial remark.

"I apologize and regret what I said to the NASCAR writer and to NASCAR, my sponsors, my fans, and my team," he said. "NASCAR has a Code of Conduct that everyone must follow and I unintentionally violated that code. I will not get into specifics of what I said but 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. I will do what I need to do in order to atone for my error in judgment."