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Angela Ruch’s husband fined for COVID-19 protocol violation

Angela Ruch

SPARTA, KENTUCKY - JULY 11: Angela Ruch, driver of the #00 Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway on July 11, 2020 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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NASCAR has fined Michael Ruch, husband of Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series driver Angela Ruch, $10,000 for violating its COVID-19 protocols.

Ruch, who was listed as the hauler driver for Reaume Brothers Racing’s No. 00 truck at Texas, violated sections 12.8.1.b of NASCAR’s Member Conduct Guidelines and 7.7.2.j of the Team Event Roster Guidelines.

Those were the same violations noted by NASCAR when it fined Xfinity Series team owner Anthony Clements $10,000 following the Kentucky race weekend.

Among the potential violations in Section 12.8.1.b is that a member can be fined $5,000-$25,000 for: “Failure to comply with NASCAR’s COVID-19 Event Protocol Guidelines and/or instructions from NASCAR including screenings, social distancing, compartmentalization, and use of required personal protective equipment, etc.”

Section 7.7.2.j says “If a team is not in compliance with the Team Event Roster Rules and guidelines, that team will be subject to a Penalty as outlined in Section 12 Violations and Disciplinary Action.”

Earlier this season Angela Ruch honored her father-in-law with a tribute paint scheme at Charlotte after his death from COVID-19.

NASCAR also issued a $10,000 fine to Drew Blickensderfer, crew chief for Michael McDowell in the Cup Series, for one unsecured lug nut on the No. 34 Ford after Sunday’s race at Texas.