Ray Ciccarelli leaves NASCAR for ban on Confederate flag


NASCAR shut down some fans on Wednesday by announcing that it would ban Confederate flags from all of its events. He also lost a driver.In a Facebook post, Ray Ciccarelli wrote that he was ending his NASCAR Truck Series career after this season due to the decision.

“Well, it was a fun race 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”, Announced Ciccarelli. “I don’t believe in kneeling for the anthem or taking the right to display the flag they love.

“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 is chase one group to respond to another. ”

The 50-year-old driver has participated in 18 different Truck Series races in the past four years. He finished in the top 10 once, placing ninth at Michigan International Speedway last year. The ban on the Confederate flag was a big step forward for NASCAR, given the sport’s conservative roots.

Ray Ciccarelli
Ray CiccarelliIcon Sportswire via Getty Images

He expressed support for the Black Lives Matter amid civil unrest in the country after the death of black man George Floyd, implicated by the police, in Minneapolis.

Bubba Wallace, the only black NASCAR driver, asked to ban the flag earlier this week and had his car marked “Black Lives Matter” during Wednesday’s race at Martinsville.


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