NASCAR says noose found in Bubba Wallace garage in Talladega


NASCAR said it is to investigate after a noose was found in the driver’s garage of Bubba Wallace, who is black, on Sunday at the Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama.”At the end of this afternoon, NASCAR became aware that a noose was found in the team’s 43 stall garage. We are angry and mad with rage, and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act, “NASCAR said in a statement. “We have launched an immediate investigation, and do everything we can to identify the responsible person (s) and eliminate them from the sport.

“As we have unequivocally stated, there is no room for racism in NASCAR, and this law only strengthens our determination to make sport open and welcoming to all. ”

Wallace said in a statement that he was “incredibly saddened” by the law.

“Today the despicable act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly sad and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and the degree of persistence we have to be in the fight against racism, “Wallace wrote on Twitter. “For several weeks, I have been overwhelmed by the support of people through the industry’s NASCAR, including other drivers and crew members in the garage. Together, our sport is committed to driving real change and defending a community that is accepted and welcomed by everyone.

“Nothing is more important, and we will not be deterred by the reprehensible actions of those who seek to spread hatred. Like my mom said to me today, “They’re just trying to scare you. This is not going to break me, I will not give myself down either. I will continue to proudly defend what I believe. “

Bubba Wallace is the driver’s only black NASCAR. “It’s not going to break me, I’m not going to give in and I’m back down,” he said of the Sunday incident in Talladega. Photo by Chris Graythen / Getty Images

The incident comes after NASCAR prohibits the Confederate flag from being displayed during its demonstrations. On Sunday, supporters of the symbol still managed to be seen before the race was postponed until Monday due to inclement weather.

Vehicles lined up on the outside boulevard of the runway, waving the flag, and an aircraft flew over the Confederate flag banner tow trail which said, “Defund NASCAR.” ”

NASCAR has not said exactly how it plans to stop fans from displaying the flag on the property’s runway.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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