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Ex-official pays fine for snagging NASCAR passes

A former Kentucky highway official has agreed to pay a $4,000 fine to settle an ethics complaint over pit and parking passes for three NASCAR races with the trip paid for by the state.

Chuck Geveden Jr., the former executive director of the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, also agreed on Tuesday to a reprimand from the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to settle the complaint.

The commission said Geveden used his job to obtain pit passes and parking passes for himself and others to a trio of races in March 2010 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.

The commission said Geveden made overnight reservations for a cabin but had no official business there and did not report any work time for the weekend in question. (AP)

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