The 2021 NASCAR season is starting to come together.
The race in Texas right now is another story, but next season is already shaping up.
Kyle Larson has been reinstated and will more than likely be signing with Hendrick Motorsports, Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson are both retiring, Chris Bell is moving teams, Erik Jones is moving teams, Ross Chastain is moving up to the Cup Series, and Bubba Wallace will be driving (probably the #23 car) for the new Michael Jordan-owned team.
And speaking of Bubba Wallace, he just partnered with Root Insurance for a new ad titled “Progress Owes No Apology.”
And it’s directed at President Trump.
Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX? That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!
Of course the President’s tweet is regards to the noose incident that happened at Talladega earlier this year. If you’re not familiar, here’s what happened.
Bubba Wallace’s team found a “noose” in the garage at Talladega this past June. They reported it to NASCAR, NASCAR, the FBI, and the DOJ launch an investigation. Monday, the race resumed after bad weather, Bubba was pushed out to the track by all the drivers and crew members as a sign of solidarity, he cries, Richard Petty hugs him, it’s a powerful moment. The FBI later concluded that the “noose” is really just a garage door pull rope with a loop on the end that’s been there since the fall of 2019. It’s NOT a hate crime targeted at Bubba. It still looks like a noose though and then the President called it a hoax and asked if Bubba had apologized.
And with this new ad, Bubba made it clear that there won’t be any apology.
“When you do what’s right, and stand up for others, there’s nothing to be sorry about. Which is why we stand with and are proud to support Bubba Wallace and his efforts to lead change surrounding issues of race and equality on and off the track. At Root, we believe in the power of change. In fact, we’ve built a company around it—one that’s founded in fairness and intent on reinventing an outdated industry. Bubba Wallace is part of the change we need in this country, and in sports, and Root will forever support unapologetic change for the better.”
Although, it looks like him and fellow Tyler Childers fan Ryan Blaney are finding ways to occupy their time during this three-day rain delay.