By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
An individual or individuals paid for a plane to carry a banner over Talladega SuperSpeedway on Sunday in Talladega, Alabama. The plane took the banner, which included a confederate flag, over the track before the race started.
The banner also said to “Defund NASCAR.”
This is NASCAR’s first race in the South since they announced the ban on the Confederate flag earlier this month. NASCAR President Steve O’Donnell was not pleased with the actions that was taken to fly the flag over the track.
“You won’t see a photo of a jack*** flying a flag over the track here,” O’Donnell said on Twitter. “But you will see this… Hope EVERYONE enjoys the race today.”
There have been protests about NASCAR’s Confederate flag ban outside of the venue this weekend. People have drove past the venue in their trucks and motorcycles with the flag.
This is their first race in the true south since the ban on the Confederate flag on June 10th.
“The presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry,” NASCAR’s statement read. “Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sport special. The display of the confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties.”
At Sunday’s race, there will be fans in attendance for the first-time since the coronavirus outbreak in March. There will be up to 5,000 people in attendance at the race.
NASCAR security at the track will also ban any clothing that has the ‘confederate flag symbol’ on them at the race today.
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