In a day and age where racial injustice is brought to the forefront of most conversations, a despicable act happened on Sunday at the Talladega Superspeedway.
No, I’m not talking about the asinine confederate flag rallies outside the Alabama race track the last couple of days, nor the imbecile that wasted their money to fly a confederate flag above the track this afternoon from an airplane. I’m talking about the jack ass that hung a noose in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall prior to Sunday’s GEICO 500.
NASCAR confirmed the news late Sunday night.
“We are angry and outraged, and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act,” the NASCAR statement read. “We have launched an immediate investigation, and will do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them from the sport.
“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.”
NASCAR recently banned the Confederate flag from its racetracks shortly after Wallace, the only Black driver in the Cup Series, lobbied for its removal last week.
Wallace, is also an Alabama native and racing in his home state. It’s sickening that he has to come back tomorrow as Sunday’s race was postponed due to rain in a spot where racism is clearly still there. He’s responded to the act.
“Today’s despicable act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and how persistent we must be in the fight against racism. Over the last several weeks, I have been overwhelmed by the support from people across the NASCAR industry including other drivers and team members in the garage. Together, our sport has made a commitment to driving real change and championing a community that is accepting and welcoming of everyone. Nothing is more important and we will not be deterred by the reprehensible actions of those who seek to spread hate. As my mother told me today, “They are just trying to scare you.” This will not break me, I will not give in nor will I back down. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in.”
What’s concerning is this had to have happened within the industry. No fans are welcome in the infield, as just team members and track officials are allowed in the garage. With limited amounts of people and cameras everywhere, this person will be caught.