CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Two officials suspended by NASCAR are accused in a $225 million lawsuit of exposing themselves to a former co-worker, the Associated Press has learned.
Tim Knox and Bud Moore have been placed on indefinite administrative paid leave.
NASCAR will not reveal the identities of the officials sent home Friday from Kentucky Speedway, but a person familiar with the investigation confirmed to AP on Saturday that Knox and Moore were suspended. The person requested anonymity because NASCAR's investigation is ongoing.
NASCAR did not give a reason for the men's suspension, and chairman Brian France cautioned against assuming the officials are being punished for allegations made in the lawsuit.
"Obviously we found some violations in our policy, but I would not jump to conclusions to assume that all of the allegations that were made are accurate," France said at Michigan International Speedway, site of Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race.
"Even if we take action on any official in this investigation we might discover something entirely different that has been going on that has nothing to do with the claim, this lawsuit, but still is in violation of our policy. That would get you in trouble with us."
Mauricia Grant filed her suit Tuesday, alleging 23 specific incidents of sexual harassment and 34 specific incidents of racial and gender discrimination during her time as a technical inspector for NASCAR's second-tier Nationwide Series.
Photo finish in NASCAR Truck Series
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) Erik Darnell beat Johnny Benson in a photo finish Saturday in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway.
Darnell, who gave team owner Jack Roush his fourth truck victory and 17th race win overall on the two-mile Michigan oval, was on his way to what looked like an easy victory until rookie Mark Mitchell scraped the wall and brought out a caution flag seven laps from the end.
That bunched up the field and, when the green flag waved for the final restart with three laps remaining, Benson did everything he could think of to pass the leader. He finally drove his Toyota all the way onto the apron coming off the final turn and nosed ahead, but Darnell also went low, driving his Ford alongside Benson and using a side draft to win by 0.005 seconds just inches.
That is the closest finish under electronic timing and the second closest in series history. Butch Miller beat Mike Skinner by 0.001 seconds at Colorado National Speedway in July 1995.
NASCAR officials had to look at photos of Saturday's finish before calling Darnell to Victory Circle.
Federer runs grass streak to 58 at Halle
HALLE, Germany (AP) Roger Federer reached the Gerry Weber Open final and pushed his record winning streak on grass to 58 matches Saturday with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Germany's Nicolas Kiefer.
Federer has not dropped his serve in any match at the Wimbledon warmup. The top-ranked Swiss has won the tournament four times, each time going on to win the grand slam tournament.
"Nobody has won the grand slam from the Gerry Weber Open before me," Federer said. "I hope I can do it again. The win streak is incredible."
In Sunday's final, Federer will face Philipp Kohlschreiber, who beat seventh-ranked James Blake 6-3, 7-5, knocking the American out of the tournament for the second straight year.
Nadal reaches Queen's Club final
LONDON (AP) French Open champion Rafael Nadal beat four-time champion Andy Roddick 7-5, 6-4 Saturday to reach the final at the Queen's Club for the first time.
Nadal is vying to be the first Spaniard in 36 years to win a grass-court tournament. Andres Gimeno won at Eastbourne in 1972.
Nadal will face Novak Djokovic in the final. The second-seeded Serb dispatched fourth-seeded David Nalbandian 6-1, 6-0.
Two women reach first tour final
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) Yanina Wickmayer reached her first WTA Tour final, defeating Bethanie Mattek 7-5, 7-6 (2) Saturday at the DFS Classic, a Wimbledon warmup.
The 18-year-old Belgian used a strong serve to overcome the 81st-ranked American. She will play 12th-seeded Kateryna Bondarenko, who also reached her first WTA final by beating Marina Ekatovic of New Zealand 6-3, 6-2.
Wickmayer's win continued the momentum that has helped her climb more than 400 places in a year.