Bubba Wallace's dad gets emotional talking about support for son

Tanya Simon
July 2, 2020

It was part of the garage door's pull-down rope, which had been fashioned in a way that resembled a noose.

NASCAR released a photo of the noose shortly before Phelps spoke.

NASCAR has finished its investigation and says it still doesn't know who tied a noose that was discovered this past weekend in the garage stall used by African American stock auto driver Bubba Wallace at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.

Wallace, who leads for Richard Petty Motorsports, has been a vocal advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement and was instrumental in NASCAR's recent decision to ban the Confederate flag at its events.

"Given the facts presented to us, we would have pursued this with the same sense of urgency and objective", Phelps in a statement on Thursday (June 25). "But you won't see them inside the racetrack where we're having a good time with the new fans who have purchased their tickets, purchased their favorite driver's apparel". During pre-race activities, fellow drivers pushed and followed Bubba Wallace's no. 43 stock vehicle to the front while he sat in the driver's seat. At least 15 Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were dispatched to investigate the incident to determine whether a hate crime had been committed.

"We further determined that the noose was not in place when the October 2019 race weekend began, but was created at some point during that weekend".

As part of its internal investigation, Phelps said NASCAR conducted a thorough sweep of the garage areas of the 29 tracks across the country where it races.

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"With similar emotion, others across our industry and our media stood up to defend the NASCAR family". "It's a proud moment... and we've had to jump through a lot of hurdles and put up with a lot of stuff - from when he was nine years old, up until today". "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 apologized for not including the word "alleged" in its public statement but said that the concern was "real" and legitimate.

"Given that timing and the garage access policies and procedures at the time, we were unfortunately unable to determine with any certainty who tied this rope in this manner or why it was done", he said.

Phelps acknowledged the investigation's findings prompt another question - how could [the noose] have gone unnoticed by so many people in October 2019 and this past Sunday morning.

Before Monday's race, drivers and crew members stood in solidarity with Wallace.

We do love a brotha is a sexy pair of sunglasses! We have launched an immediate investigation, and will do everything we can to identify the person (s) responsible and eliminate them from the. Bubba has done nothing but represent this sport with courage, class and dignity.

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