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September 15, 2023

NASCAR reinstates Whelen Modified Tour driver J.B. Fortin


(Photo: Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – On Wednesday, the National Motorsports Final Appeal Officer Bill Mullis heard and considered an appeal of a behavioral penalty issued on July 13, 2023 to No. 34 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver John “J.B.” Fortin; team owner Nicole Fortin; and crew members John Fortin and Amber Fortin.

Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Final Appeal Officer are:

  1. That the Appellant violated the Rules set forth in the Penalty Notice.
  2. That the FAO upholds the original Penalties assessed by NASCAR to Amber Fortin, John Fortin and Nicole Fortin. That the FAO amends the original Penalty assessed by NASCAR to John “JB” Fortin to read:
    • $2,500 fine, suspended from all NASCAR sanctioned events until fine is paid
    • Indefinitely suspended from all NASCAR sanctioned Events until successful completion of Anger Management Training, as determined by NASCAR.
    • Probation for one (1) year upon successful completion of Anger Management Training.

In coming to this decision, the FAO provided the following explanation:

“The $5,000 penalty listed for the driver penalty, JB Fortin, is incorrect. It would be correct if 12.8.1.D had been listed on the penalty notice. 12.8.1.B and 12.8.1.C has a maximum amount of $2,500.”

NASCAR has reinstated J.B. Fortin, Nicole Fortin and John Fortin. J.B. Fortin has filed an entry to compete in Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Eddie Partridge 256 at New York’s Riverhead Raceway.

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