After yesterday’s disgusting display of hatred at Talladega, Bubba Wallace’s fellow drivers wanted to let him know they stand behind him.
In case you missed it, somebody left a noose hanging in Wallace’s garage at some point during yesterday’s race at Talladega, an obvious and violent act of racism at a time when the sport is busting its ass to be more inclusive. And of course this kinda of is most definitely related to NASCAR’s recent ban of Confederate flags at all NASCAR events.
Make no mistake, NASCAR will get to the bottom of it, and even the FBI is getting involved, but what happened when the race resumed this afternoon will just go to show you that this is not how the sport of NASCAR as a whole operates, and it’s not definitely indicative of a widespread belief in the racing world.
Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney led a group of drivers pushing his #43 car on the track and the rest of the drivers and the crews followed in support. When the car came to a stop, a visibly shaken Wallace climbed out of the car in tears as his team owner, the great Richard Petty, came over to console him.
It was an emotional and powerful moment no doubt, but more than that, it let’s everybody know that NASCAR, the drivers, the teams, the crews… they will not let racism stand in this sport.