NASCAR steps up security around Wallace after noose found in garage

Paola Ditto
Luglio 1, 2020

In the sport's fight to remove and erradicate racism, NASCAR has promised to find the person responsible for planting the noose in Wallace's garage.

Prior to the Geico 500, drivers gathered around Wallace's auto for the national anthem in an act of solidarity.

NASCAR has become far more active on issues of race the past couple of months than it ever had in a past marked by accusations it did not accommodate non-white drivers and fans. NASCAR subsequently announced earlier this month that it was banning the presence of the controversial flag at all events.

NASCAR president Steve Phelps said whoever is found to be involved in the act will be banned from the sport for life.

Bubba, who is NASCAR's only full-time black driver, has campaigned against the flying of the Confederate flag during races.

U.S. Attorney Jay Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr. said its investigation determined "although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week".

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.

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".

"We are angry and outraged, and can not state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act", a statement from NASCAR shared on social media read.

"As my mother told me today, 'They are just trying to scare you, '" he wrote.

"I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in". 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.

Security was stepped up at the race track for Monday's race, Phelps said. I do worry about Bubba.

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