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‘Outraged’ NASCAR investigating noose found in garage of Bubba Wallace

Bubba Wallace stands on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Dixie Vodka 400 earlier this month in Florida.
Bubba Wallace stands on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Dixie Vodka 400 earlier this month in Florida.Chris Graythen/Getty

NASCAR announced late Sunday evening it is investigating an incident of a noose being discovered in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace.

Wallace is the only full-time Black driver in NASCAR’s elite Cup Series. Two weeks ago, he successfully pushed for NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at its tracks and properties.

NASCAR said it has launched an immediate investigation into the noose. The series says it was “outraged” and said there is no place for racism in NASCAR.

It made the following announcement:

“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 strong enough how seriously we take this heinous act. We have launched an immediate investigation, and will do everything we can do 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 made the following statement shortly after NASCAR.

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“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.”

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