NASCAR Releases Photo Of Rope In Bubba Wallace’s Garage, Admits Mistakes

Ross Houston
July 2, 2020

Evidence showed that the "garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose had been positioned there since as early as last fall", according to a statement released by Nascar. The noose wasn't reported to a NASCAR official until late Sunday. On Tuesday, authorities said the rope had been hanging there since the Cup Series race last October and thus was not a hate crime targeting the 26-year-old Wallace.

The owner of a North Carolina racetrack is receiving some extreme backlash after he advertised "Bubba Rope" for sale in a social media marketplace days after NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace announced a noose had been found in his garage at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.

"Given the facts presented to us, we would have pursued this with the same sense of urgency and objective", said Steve Phelps, Nascar president.

Pioneer Hi Bred 250-Practice
Source Jamie Squire Getty

"We can't say it was directed toward me, which is good", Wallace said. "What we saw was a symbol of hate and was the only present in one area of the garage, that of the 43 vehicle of Bubba Wallace".

NASCAR's investigation is over, Phelps said, and cameras will be added to garages moving forward.

Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation determined the incident was not a hate crime, as the knot shaped as a noose had been in that garage stall since October.

NASCAR president Steve Phelps defended the way the series responded to the noose's discovery but admits its initial statement was perhaps too strong. With similar emotion, others across our industry and our media stood up to defend the NASCAR family - our NASCAR family. He told Watters that he perhaps should have asked to see the noose "for myself in person to have a true understanding". He has also checked with his team several times to make sure it wasn't simply a garage pull. But he said, in hindsight, he should've used the word "alleged" when describing the "heinous act". Given that timing and the garage access policies and procedures at the time, we were unfortunately unable to determine with any certainty who tied this rope in this manner or why it was done.

Phelps acknowledged the investigation's findings prompt another question - how could [the noose] have gone unnoticed by so many people in October 2019 and this past Sunday morning.

"Outside, they're just going to be making a lot of noise".

"I want to thank Bubba Wallace and everyone at Richard Petty Motorsports", Phelps ended the call. Wallace even had fun on the Talladega grid after drivers pushed his auto to the front, joking, "I don't like half you guys, but I appreciate all of you guys".

We do love a brotha is a sexy pair of sunglasses! "Let's focus on how we can continue to push the message of love, compassion, understanding", Wallace said. Bubba has done nothing but represent this sport with courage, class and dignity.

Other reports by iNewsToday