Noose found in garage stall of Bubba Wallace, Nascar's lone black driver

Nascar said late Sunday that a noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace, the only full-time black driver in the circuit’s top-flight Cup Series, at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. “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.” “As my mother told me today, ‘They are just trying to scare you,’” the 26-year-old Alabama native wrote. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in.” Richard Petty Motorsports co-owner Andrew Murstein told Sports Business Journal that he was “shocked and saddened” by the incident, saying: “You would like to think that the country has changed for the better in the last 40-plus years. Unfortunately, in many ways it hasn’t.” Nascar’s ban of the Confederate flag got off to a checkered start earlier Sunday as several thousand fans descended on the historic Alabama tri-oval for the Geico 500, the first large-scale sporting event in the US to allow fans to attend since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. It’s eerie,” said David Radvansky, 32, from suburban Atlanta, who brought his wife and boys aged three and six. It’s going to be a little bit different.” Fans had to go through screening and wear masks to get in, though a few were walking around inside without face coverings. Lines seemed to flow quickly and the sun was shining until about an hour before the race, when rain and lightning started. Bathrooms had arrows directing which way to enter or exit, and attendants held signs urging patrons to please wear masks. “They’re doing very well,” said Suggs, a resident of the nearby town of Helena, who has been selling an array of wares at Nascar races for 21 years. It’s just a heritage thing.” But Radvansky, who started coming to Talladega in the 1990s when his father parked cars at races, disagreed.