NASCAR Investigating After A Noose Was Found Inside Bubba Wallace's Garage Stall

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A truck flying confederate flags passes the main entrance to Talladega Superspeedway Sunday, June 21, 2020, in Talladega, Ala.

The only Black driver in NASCAR's top series and a vocal supporter of Black Lives Matter, Wallace was the target of a racial attack on Sunday when a noose, a symbol connected to lynching and America's slave history, was left in his team stall.

NASCAR's decision to ban the Confederate flag has been mixed, and even caused a Truck series driver to plan to leave the sport as a result.

A crew member for Richard Petty Motorsports discovered the noose Sunday at the Alabama race track.

"I believe in my heart this despicable act is not representative of the competitors I see each day in the NASCAR garage area", Petty said earlier in a statement.

According to the statement, the FBI completed its investigation and determined that driver Bubba Wallace was not the target of a hate crime.

Amanda Carter and Bubba Wallace
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Discovery of the noose comes less than a month after Nascar said it would ban the Confederate flag at its events in the wake of protests surrounding the killing of George Floyd while in custody of the Minneapolis police. A plane even flew above the track pulling a banner of the flag that read "Defund NASCAR".

The GEICO 500 race was postponed due to weather and is set to take place at 2 p.m. local time on Monday.

But Monday's race seemed to take the new focus to greater, more meaningful lengths and showed more than just NASCAR officials are on board with creating an inclusive circuit.

"We will firmly support as an industry, as a family and a community to make sure Bubba and everyone else in this sport is safe".

In a statement released Monday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey called on the NASCAR family to "rally around Bubba and his team as they compete today".

"There is no place for this disgusting display of hatred in our state", she said, adding that Wallace is a native of Mobile, Alabama.

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