NASCAR driver to leave after season due to Confederate flag policy

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The same day that NASCAR announced that it would ban the presence of the Confederate flag at all events, driver Ray Ciccarelli announced that he would leave the sport at the end of the season due to his disagreement with the new policy.Ciccarelli announced the decision via Facebook, which he has since withdrawn but was captured by Gabriel Fernandez of CBS Sports:

“Well, it was a fun ride and the dream came true, but if it is in this direction that Nascar is heading, we will not participate after the end of the 2020 season, I do not believe in kneeling during the hymn nor to take the right to display the flag they like I don’t care about the Confederate flag, but there are people who do it and that doesn’t make them racists, all you do, it is f – ing a group to meet another and I am not spending the money we are to participate in any political BS !! So everything is FOR SALE !! ”

Ciccarelli participates in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck series, driving the No. 49 truck. His only top-10 in the past three years has been the 2019 Corrigan Oil 200.

NASCAR announced the decision to ban the Confederate flag after urging driver Bubba Wallace, who supported banning the flag to help combat racial injustice.

“My next step would be to get rid of all the Confederate flags,” said Wallace. CNN tonight with Don Lemon. “No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race. So it starts with Confederate flags. Get them out of here. “



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