Petty returns to Talladega to support Wallace following noose incident

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Richard Petty, the owner of Richard Petty Motorsports, will be attending Monday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. Petty is not pleased with the recent incident.

This will be Petty’s first appearance at a race since the coronavirus hit in March. Petty will stand in solidarity with his driver, according to ESPN.

Aftershokz Chevrolet driver Bubba Wallace during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500
Bubba Wallace during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 (Getty Images)

There was a noose that was found on Sunday after the postponement due to inclement weather. Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s lone African-American driver, despite having a mixed-raced parents, reportedly did not see the noose.

NASCAR is investigating the incident. On Monday morning, there was a report that said the FBI is investigating the matter, as well.

“I’m enraged by the act of someone placing a noose in the garage stall of my race team,” Petty said. “There is absolutely no place in our sport or our society for racism. This filthy act serves as a reminder of how far we still have to go to eradicate racial prejudice and it galvanizes my resolve to use the resources of Richard Petty Motorsports to create change. This sick person, who perpetrated this act must be found, exposed, and swiftly and immediately expelled from NASCAR.

“I believe in my heart this despicable act is not representative of the competitors I see each day in the NASCAR garage area. I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Bubba – yesterday, today, tomorrow, and every day forward.”

Wallace has been outspoken lately, including forcing NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag. Two days later after making such comments on national television, the sport gave him his wish by banning the flag.

This weekend, including on Monday, there were true tests to the Confederate flag ban, as people were driving around outside the facility with the flag. Even a Confederate flag with a ‘Defund NASCAR’ message was flown over the track several hours before the race was supposed to take place.

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