NASCAR drivers, crews demonstrate extraordinary show of support for racer Bubba Wallace

Wednesday, 24 Jun, 2020

Desiree Wallace also was asked Monday about her son's reaction to the noose being placed in his garage stall, an incident that is being investigated by both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and NASCAR.

The only African-American driver in the top US NASCAR racing competition has condemned a "despicable act of racism" in which a noose was left in his garage.

In a statement, they said: "We are angry and outraged, and can not state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act".

The flag has always been a staple at NASCAR tracks in the sport's southern U.S. heartlands, but it remains a symbol of slavery and racism for many.

NASCAR recently announced that the Confederate flag would be banned from its races and venues. "I don't want it to be remembered as a awful day or a bad day in NASCAR".

"This will not break me, I will not give in nor will I back down", he said. There were informal protests Saturday and Sunday alike, with cars and pickup trucks driving along nearby roads flying the flag and parading past the entrance to the superspeedway. It was a race marked by support for Wallace instead of another Big One at Talladega, though there was mayhem behind Blaney on the final lap and he also pushed Erik Jones into the wall near the finish.

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

For all of the negativity, Ribbs said he believes Wallace will find overwhelming support.

At one point, Wallace was overcome with emotions and leaned his head on the top of his auto as team owner Richard Petty came over to pat him on the arm and say a few words. "So, somebody associated with NASCAR likely may have been the culprit, which what does that say for a sport that is trying to create a more positive racial future".

The Geico 500 was called because of weather Sunday and ran Monday.

Richard Petty, the NASCAR legend who owns Wallace's race team, flew to Alabama to support Wallace and Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted his support. There are violent people now experiencing spasms of realizing their own dead-end irrelevance, and losing NASCAR as a place where they can let their Confederate freak flag fly is salt in their wounds. I said, 'What is it?' He was like, 'They found a noose in the auto garage'. "I stand shoulder to shoulder with Bubba, yesterday, today, tomorrow and every day forward". "I hope they charge that guy with a hate crime", Chaisson said.

"We have a very small number of people that are in the footprint", Phelps said, noting security is tight even when there isn't a pandemic limiting access.