Monday, June 14, 2021

VIDEO: Bubba Wallace in Tears as Entire NASCAR Field Pushes His 42 Car to the Front of Pit Road

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Bubba Wallace tweets selfie of fellow NASCAR drivers “having his back” after a noose was found in his garage Sunday night (June 22, 2020, Geico 500, Talladega)

*All of NASCAR literally stood united behind its lone Black driver Bubba Wallace this afternoon at the beginning of the Geico 500 race at Talladega.

The show of unity, support and brotherhood from fellow drivers and their crew members followed an ugly display of racism with the discovery of a noose in Wallace’s garage at Talladega Sunday night. The act is now under investigation by NASCAR, the FBI and the Justice Department.

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#IStandWithBubba has been added to the tri-oval grass at Talladega.

In another emotional moment this afternoon, Wallace’s 82-year-old team owner and NASCAR legend Richard Petty braved the threat of COVID-19 to visit his first race since the pandemic began, believing it was important that he show support to his driver in person.

Below, watch all of the above, including Wallace and Petty’s tearful embrace.

Also of note in Monday’s Geico 500, FedEx agreed to remove all of its branding and traditional colors from Denny Hamlin’s #11 car to be replaced by a blacked-out paint scheme in honor of the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. The gesture, Hamlin said, was part of NASCAR’s “listen and learn” initiative. He said in a tweet, “I promised to listen and that’s what I’m doing. Today you will see my #11 car will not carry the traditional paint scheme that you usually see. @FedEx and myself instead want to give that voice to the @NCRMuseum.”

TALLADEGA, ALABAMA - JUNE 21: The #11 Drive for Change Toyota, driven by Denny Hamlin(not pictured), waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500at Talladega Superspeedway on June 21, 2020 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775516510 ORIG FILE ID: 1251185746
TALLADEGA, ALABAMA – JUNE 21: The #11 Drive for Change Toyota, driven by Denny Hamlin waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500at Talladega Superspeedway on June 21, 2020 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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