President Donald Trump lashed out at the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top racing series and appeared to criticize the league for banning the Confederate flag.
The 44-year-old Johnson is the first driver in any NASCAR series to test positive and the news Friday evening cast a shadow over the historic NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader races coming up Saturday and Sunday. There was no indication any races would be affected.
Patriots of America, a political action committee supporting President Trump’s reelection bid, is sponsoring Go Fas Racing’s No. 32 car for nine races through NASCAR’s 2020 season.
Mike Fulp, the owner of the half-mile 311 Speedway in Stokes County, advertised the rope in a Facebook post, which was later removed.
Federal authorities said that no federal crime was committed regarding the noose.
NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace tweeted out a statement on Wednesday about the supposed noose found in his garage, saying that he's "relieved" to know it wasn't meant for him, but embarrassed by the mixup after the FBI ended its hate crime investigation.
U.S. Attorney Jay Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr. said an investigation determined “although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week.”
Ryan Blaney held onto the lead after a restart with two laps to go Monday, earning his second straight win at Talladega Superspeedway on a day that began with NASCAR drivers throwing their support behind Bubba Wallace.
In an extraordinary act of solidarity with NASCAR’s only Black driver, dozens of drivers pushed the car belonging to Bubba Wallace to the front of the field before Monday’s race as FBI agents nearby tried to find out who left a noose in his garage stall over the weekend.
The FBI and Department of Justice are investigating the discovery of a noose found in the Talladega Superspeedway garage stall of Bubba Wallace.
NASCAR released a statement Sunday evening confirming that a noose was found in the garage area of the #43 car at Talladega Superspeedway.
NASCAR is set to allow up to 30,000 fans at the track in Bristol next month when it moves the All-Star race out of Charlotte Motor Speedway for just the second time in the history of the race.
The move came days after NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace raced in a "Black Lives Matter"-themed car.
NASCAR driver Ray Ciccarelli took to Facebook Wednesday to announce he is leaving the sport once the 2020 season is over.
NASCAR says it is prohibiting the display of the Confederate flag from all of its races and tracks.
NASCAR driver Darrell Bubba Wallace Jr. will be showcasing a #BlackLivesMatter paint scheme during the Blue Emu 500 race at the Martinsville Speedway in Virginia on June 10.
Fans will soon be in the stands once more for NASCAR races. NASCAR announced Tuesday it plans to reintroduce guests at upcoming races in both Florida and Alabama.
During their warm-up laps, the 40 cars pulled to a stop in front of the empty grandstands and shut off their engines so NASCAR President Steve Phelps could deliver a message over their radio sets.
Kyle Busch passed Austin Cindric on the final lap in overtime to win his 97th career Xfinity Series race in dramatic fashion Monday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Kevin Harvick beat Alex Bowman to win NASCAR’s first race back, a spectacle closely watched to see if the largest racing series in the United States could successfully get back to work.