Though NASCAR hasn’t necessarily built a reputation as being the most inclusive league, they did make major moves to bring change when they announced that they’d be banning the Confederate flag from all events. This ultimately was meant to create a more inclusive space, though this was quickly protested by fans who flew a Confederate flag above and event along with a banner that read, “Defund Nascar.”
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Hours after the flag flew over an Alabama event, news broke that a noose was found in the garage of Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in Nascar who initially asked for the Confederate flag to be removed from events. Though there’s been outpouring support for Wallace in regards to the noose, the FBI has concluded “no crime was committed.” Per TMZ, FBI said that the noose found in Bubba Wallace’s stall at Talladega Superspeedway was hanging there since 2019. Nascar said the noose was a “garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose,” adding, “Bubba Wallace was not the target of a hate crime.”
“On Monday, fifteen FBI special agents conducted numerous interviews regarding the situation at Talladega Superspeedway. After a thorough review of the facts and evidence surrounding this event, we have concluded that no federal crime was committed,” Nascar said in a statement.
The noose was in Garage #4 where it was apparently hung in 2019, the statement said that “nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to Garage #4 last week.”