(USA Today) -- Jeremy Clements, a NASCAR Nationwide Series driver who was indefinitely suspended on Wednesday, used the 'n-word' in a conversation with a reporter.
In a story published Friday, MTV news confirms Marty Beckerman was the reporter with Clements and a NASCAR official at the time of the conversation Saturday after a drivers' meeting at Daytona International Speedway.
Beckerman told MTV news that Clements used 'a phrase that used the n-word' in a conversation about driving and not in reference to another driver.
NASCAR on Wednesday announced it had indefinitely suspended Clements for making ''an intolerable and insensitive remark'' and violating its ''Code of Conduct,'' but wouldn't reveal what Clements said or the identity of the reporter present at the time of the remark.
Clements, in an interview with ESPN on Thursday, also would not repeat what he said.
The MTV story does not make it clear whether Beckerman or the NASCAR official reported Clements.
Beckerman says the driver called him to apologize for the remark.
Beckerman also confirmed the conversation occurred while Clements was showing the reporter and official the location of another driver's trailer.