NASCAR releases noose picture from Wallace’s Talladega stall

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

NASCAR has put an end to the speculation about the noose. The governing body released the photo on Thursday.

The noose was in the No. 4 stall for the Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. The noose was found on Sunday.

The #43 Victory Junction Chevrolet waits in the garage area prior to the NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500
The #43 Victory Junction Chevrolet waits in the garage area prior to the NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

There was some speculation as to if it was a noose or not a noose at all. The uproar caused NASCAR to send the media the photo in question. 

Previously, the governing body said that they would not release the photo until their investigation is completed. Their investigation has completed.

“Upon learning of and seeing the noose, our initial reaction was to protect our driver,” NASCAR President Steve Phelps said. “We’re living in a highly charged and emotional time. What we saw was a symbol of hate and was only present in one area of the garage and that was of the 43 car of Bubba Wallace. In hindsight, I should have used the word ‘alleged’ in our statement.

“As you can see from the photo, the noose was real, as was our concern for Bubba. With similar emotion, others across our industry and our media stood up to defend the NASCAR family. Our NASCAR family. Because they are part of the NASCAR family, too. We are proud to see so many stand up for what’s right.”

Bubba Wallace — NASCAR’s lone African-American driver despite having mixed-raced parents — just happened to be at the stall in question for Sunday’s race. Due to the coronavirus, teams were spaced out more than normal for the race in question. 

It just so happened that Wallace and his team landed at the stall with the noose. His crew member reported it to his crew chief, then Jerry Baxter reported to NASCAR. 

Despite the image released, the FBI found no wrongdoing from anybody at the venue this past weekend. In fact, the FBI said this had been in place since last October. 

Also, NASCAR could not find the person in their investigation, who may have put the noose in the stall.

Wallace has the same stall as Paul Menard did for last year’s Cup Series race. Yet, NASCAR nor Menard’s crew did nothing about it then.

Noose at Talladega (Photo by NASCAR)

Even Freddie Kraft, Wallace’s spotter, put out contradicting photos this week on his personal Facebook page.

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There are 6 comments

  1. Janice myers

    I guess Bubba is happy. He got attention from people that didn’t even know him. He should be ashamed. He’s ruined NASCAR for me!!!! Thanks for nothing!!!

  2. William Mille

    Why don’t Wallace just grow up and race or get out. No one is racist but him. The flag now this ,I’m done with Nascar. QUIT CRYING LIKE A BABY BUBBA. Just grow up.

  3. Debbie

    I’ve been done with NASCAR for years. Not the same….. now done with NFL. Sad…. athletes Need to keep their politics out of their sport, just like music and everything else. If I spoke my “political opinion” to all my customers (I’m am hairstylist), I would be out of business! Very simple rules, keep your mouth shut! Everyone doesn’t need to know your business! Oh well, too late for that for most athletes, they will continue losing fans and viewers over the next few years. Hope they are happy with that.

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