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Speedway loses partnerships after 'Bubba rope' post
PINE HALL, N.C. (AP) A North Carolina racetrack has lost some partnerships after its owner advertised “Bubba Rope” for sale online days after NASCAR said a noose had been found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace, the top series’ only Black driver. © ASSOCIATED PRESS Bubba Wallace, prepares for the start of a scheduled NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) A concrete company and a driver series ended their partnerships Friday with the half-mile, dirt track 311 Speedway in Stokes County, the Winston-Salem Journal.
NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace on Monday called for Americans to meet hate with love after President Trump attacked the top racing league's only African American driver and falsely accused him of carrying out a "hoax" involving a noose found in his garage stall.
Just hours after being targeted in a tweet by the president, Wallace tweeted a statement in which he said to deal with "hate being thrown at you with love."
"Love over hate every day," Wallace said. "Love should come naturally to as people are TAUGHT to hate. Even when it's hate from the POTUS.. Love wins."
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To the next generation and little ones following my foot steps..- Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace)
Trumplashed out at NASCAR and Wallace in a tweet citing the racing circuit's decision to ban Confederate flags from its facilities and saying Wallace should apologize over a controversy involving a noose found in a garage he had been assigned to in Alabama last month.
"Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX?" Trump tweeted. "That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!"
Here is NASCAR's complete explanation of the Bubba Wallace noose case at Talladega
The president of NASCAR explained why the Bubba Wallace noose investigation was launched and announced so quickly.In the wake of an FBI investigation that determined a hate crime had not been committed against the sport's only Black driver, and that the noose had been in place since October of 2019, the teleconference was NASCAR's chance to tell its side of the story after facing widespread criticism of its escalating what ended up being a misunderstanding.
An investigation by the FBI concluded that Wallace was not the target of a hate crime and that the noose had likely been in the garage for months. But NASCAR President Steve Phelpsthat "the noose was real" and the racing circuit released an image to show it was not a hoax.
Wallace, who in 2018 became the first full-time Black driver in the top-flight NASCAR racing series since 1971, added in his message to Trump that "your words and actions will always be held to a higher standard than others."
"You will always have people testing you. Seeing if they can knock you off your pedestal," he said. "I encourage you to keep your head held high and walk proudly on the path you have chosen."
NASCAR and Wallace gained national attention last month amid nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man killed while in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.
Trump demands NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace apologize for speaking out over noose
Trump accused the NASCAR driver of stirring up trouble by complaining about a noose found in his garage.President Trump accused NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace on Monday of stirring up trouble by complaining about a noose found in his garage and successfully pushing for the race car group to ban the Confederate flag.
The top racing league reported that the noose was found in the driver's garage stall at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. Following the discovery, other drivers on the circuit walked alongside Wallace's car in a show of solidarity.
Despite the FBI ruling on the matter, NASCAR hasof the situation, with Phelps emphasizing in late June that officials saw "a symbol of hate" that was only present in Wallace's garage.
As part of its investigation, NASCAR officials asked each track on the circuit to walk their respective garages. Out of 1,684 garage stalls reviewed at 29 tracks, just 11 had a pull-down rope tied in a knot. Only one had a rope fashioned like a noose: In the garage designated for Wallace at Talladega.
After the FBI released its findings, Wallace said that he was "relieved," noting that he'd "gladly take a little embarrassment over what the alternatives could have been." He also said that it didn't take away from the "show of unity" NASCAR showed after the incident.
Multiple NASCAR drivers voiced support for Wallace on Monday following Trump's comments, with Tyler Reddick tweeted that NASCAR didn't "need an apology."
Richard Petty Motorsports co-owner calls Trump tweet about Bubba Wallace 'late, misinformed, and factually incorrect'
Monday on Twitter, President Donald Trump tweeted about Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. and the noose found in his team's Talladega Superspeedway garage last month, calling it a "HOAX" and asking if the only Black driver in the NASCAR Cup Series apologized. The disparaging tweetThe disparaging tweet contains multiple lies and illogical claims, while also incorrectly arguing NASCAR’s recent ban on the Confederate flag has led to the lowest TV ratings ever.
"We did what was right and we will do just fine without your support," he said.
Jimmie Johnson, a seven-time Cup series champion,an image with Wallace's team number and the phrase "#IStandWithBubba."
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a vocal Trump ally,Wallace, saying it "made perfect sense" NASCAR was concerned about the site of a noose in the driver's garage.
Amid the unrest following Floyd's death, Wallace was also vocal about the need for NASCAR to ban displays of the Confederate flag from its grounds. He also" across his No. 43 Chevrolet for a race in June.
NASCAR announced on June 10 that it would no longer allow Confederate flags on its properties or at its events, saying that its presence "runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment."
Trump's comments on NASCAR and Wallace come as he continues to speak out over attempts to remove Confederate and other historical monuments across the nation.
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Bubba Wallace says Donald Trump should be worried about things other than NASCAR .
Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. initially responded to President Donald Trump's tweet about him Monday with a message of "Love over hate every day Even when it’s HATE from the POTUS." But the 26-year-old NASCAR driver expanded on tha t response in an interview Tuesday night, saying the president should be focused on other issues right now. In the disparaging tweet with multiple lies and nonsensical claims, Trump asked if Wallace had apologized after a noose was found on June 21 in the Talladega Superspeedway garage stall belonging to him and the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team.