'Together' NASCAR Looks To Move Forward After Noose Found In Driver's Garage

Ross Houston
July 1, 2020

"We offer our thanks to NASCAR, Mr. Wallace, and everyone who cooperated with this investigation", the statement said.

Noose was found hanging in driver Bubba Wallace's garage stall. He's been the focus of attention since his successful lobbying led the stock auto racing organization to impose a historic ban on the Confederate flag at NASCAR events. "The investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by NASCAR, that the noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019".

"This will not break me, I will not give in, nor will I back down".

In a powerful video, NASCAR united behind Bubba Wallace and his No. 43 Chevrolet vehicle ahead of the rescheduled GEICO 500 race at Talladega Superspeedway.

"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, the only full-time African-American NASCAR driver, had '#BlackLivesMatter' emblazoned on the side of his vehicle for a recent race. Petty, 82, had not originally planned to attend the race due to concerns about the coronavirus. "I stand shoulder to shoulder with Bubba, yesterday, today, tomorrow and every day forward".

"There's absolutely no place in our sport or society for racism", he said in a statement.

A truck flying confederate flags passes the main entrance to Talladega Superspeedway Sunday, June 21, 2020, in Talladega, Ala.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said she was "shocked and appalled" by the "vile act" against Wallace, an Alabama native.

With Wallace steering and Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney pushing the No. 43 vehicle, the rest of the drivers and crew members followed to the front of pit road before the start of Monday's race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.

Wallace has been a vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, and has used his platform to voice his objections to racism and racial injustice.

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