Noose Found in the Garage of NASCAR Driver Bubba Wallace

Sunday, on the heels of a rained-out race at Talladega Superspeedway, the unthinkable ...

Sunday, on the heels of a rained-out race at Talladega Superspeedway, the unthinkable would happen to NASCAR racer, Bubba Wallace. According to a statement by NASCAR, a noose was found in his team’s garage stall.

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The statement read:

“Late this afternoon, NASCAR was made aware that a noose was found in the garage stall of the 43 team. We are angry and outraged, and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act. 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.”

Wallace would also take to Twitter to react to the incident. In the full Tweet (below), Wallace commends NASCAR for driving change but also comments on “How much further we have to go as a society.” An exclamation point is put on the Tweet as Wallace proclaims, “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.”

Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. Wallace is NASCAR’s only African American driver. His presence in the sport makes him the first African American driver since 1963. In recent weeks, Wallace has been speaking his mind on issues that he feels confront the community.

Just last week, Wallace would sport a #BlackLivesMatter paint scheme on his number 43 car in reaction to current political events.

He would also speak out about his opposition to the Confederate flag which NASCAR would later ban from their events. In response, USA Today reported “There were some protesters flying Confederate flags outside the central Alabama race track Sunday, however, and a plane was seen flying with a banner of the flag along with the text “Defund NASCAR.”

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