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NASCAR’s reporting a noose was found in Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega on Sunday. A member of Wallace’s team saw the noose and brought it to the attention of NASCAR who issued the following statement:
“Late this afternoon, NASCAR was made aware that a noose was found in the garage stall of the 43 team. We are angry and outraged, and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act,” NASCAR said in a statement. “We have launched an immediate investigation, and will do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them from the sport.
“As we have stated unequivocally, there is no place for racism in NASCAR, and this act only strengthens our resolve to make the sport open and welcoming to all.”
Wallace issued his own statement saying how saddened he is over the matter:
“Today’s despicable act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and how persistent we must be in the fight against racism.”
“Over the last several weeks, I have been overwhelmed by the support from people across the NASCAR industry, including other drivers and team members in the garage. Together, our sport has made a commitment to driving real change and championing a community that is accepting and welcoming of everyone.
“Nothing is more important and we will not be deterred by the reprehensible actions of those who seek to spread hate. As my mother told me today, “they are just trying to scare you.” This will not break me, I will not give in nor will I back down. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in.”
Wallace had pushed for the Confederate flag to be banned by NASCAR, which the sport did, and drove a Black Lives Matter car at the Martinsville race.
NASCAR’s Michael McDowell weighs in on the situation:
God help us. The level of evil it takes to do something like this is disgusting. This is enraging and heartbreaking all at the same time. pic.twitter.com/FovpeTwINu
— Michael McDowell (@Mc_Driver) June 22, 2020
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) June 22, 2020
There was also a Confederate flag flown over the speedway before rains came and washed out Sunday’s race.
— New York Post (@nypost) June 21, 2020