Noose in Bubba Wallace's garage there since 2019

Ruben Hill
July 1, 2020

NASCAR denounced the noose incident and said it was launching an investigation into the matter.

U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town announced Monday that his office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division are reviewing the incident. "I'm very curious to see how NASCAR handles this, because based [on] everything I've read ... this had to be an inside job, because this garage was only open to essential personnel".

"Unequivocally they'll be banned [from NASCAR] for life", he said. There is no room for this at all and we won't tolerate it. "I don't care who they are, they will not be here", said Phelps. It was the first race the 82-year-old racing legend has attended since NASCAR resumed its season May 17 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. NASCAR also shared an image of the track's infield grass, which featured the hashtag #IStandWithBubba written on it. "We will firmly support as an industry, as a family and community, to make sure Bubba and everyone else in this sport is safe".

The driver recently led the calls to ban the confederate flag from NASCAR events due to its controversial routes, which the organisation proceeded to do - much to the objection of Wallace's fellow drivers.

The move comes amid calls for racial justice in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man, who was killed by a white former police officer in Minneapolis last month.

NASCAR was founded in the South more than 70 years ago and they've allowed the used of the confederate flag at events ever since then.

High above the track an hour prior to the scheduled start of the race was a plane with the Confederate flag and an accompanying message, "Defund NASCAR". I do worry about Bubba.

Wallace responded to the incident on Twitter Sunday night.

But Monday's race seemed to take the new focus to greater, more meaningful lengths and showed more than just NASCAR officials are on board with creating an inclusive circuit.

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