Nationwide Series driver Jeremy Clements used a racial slur in a conversation with an MTV editor that led to his indefinite suspension for violating NASCAR's code of conduct.
The editor, Marty Beckerman, said Friday on MTV's website that he went to Saturday's race at Daytona International Speedway to do humor piece and ran into Clements in his search for driver Johanna Long's trailer.
After Beckerman explained what he was doing for MTV's 'Guy Code' blog and asked what words race drivers would use as guy code, he said Clemmens used an n-word.
"It wasn't used to describe anybody or anything," Clements told ESPN in his own defense. "So that's all I'm going to say to that. And it really wasn't. I was describing racing, and the word I used was incorrect, and I shouldn't have said it. It shouldn't be used at all."
Beckerman said MTV were not sure it was going to publish Clements' remark, but NASCAR officials contacted the MTV to inform the network of the suspension.
"Our site is a humor site for men, we aren't the New York Times, we aren't investigative journalism. It didn't fit with our blog," Beckerman told MTV. "The fact is that NASCAR made this a national story, and then Clements explained a bit of what he said to ESPN ... I never wanted to be part of the story."
In NASCAR's official statement, vice president of racing operations Steve O'Donnell said, "During the course of an interview, Jeremy Clements made an intolerable and insensitive remark. 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."