A second noose was found at a NASCAR track, adding more controversy to the association's reckoning with racism
The noose was discovered on Saturday at the Sonoma Raceway - a circuit in Sonoma, California that has hosted NASCAR Cup Series races for over 30 years.
The noose is that Bubba Wallace's garage stand wasn't the only one found on the NASCAR property this weekend.
A second snare was discovered at Sonoma Raceway, a circuit in Sonoma, California that has hosted NASCAR Cup Series races for more than three decades.
The Sonoma County sheriff's department investigates the matter after a course employee stumbles across the noose hanging from a tree.
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All eyes were on Bubba Wallace Monday.
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On Sunday, a noose was found in the garage at Talladega Superspeedway owned by Wallace, who is the only black driver currently participating in the association's Cup series.
But while the world was watching Wallace - a strong supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and advocate for change within sports - before the GEICO 500 enjoyed an emotional moment of solidarity with the NASCAR community, an investigation into another alleged act of hate was in Underway on the other side of the country.
A second snare was found on the NASCAR property on Saturday.
Driver Bubba Wallace is interviewed before a NASCAR Cup Series car race.
AP photo / Steve Helber
An employee of the Sonoma Raceway - a circuit based in Sonoma, California, which has hosted NASCAR Cup Series races since 1989 - came across a "piece of string tied in a noose attached to a tree on the grounds of the Raceway seemed to hang "Statement released by Track President and GM Steve Page via NBC Sports.
"Our employees, local business tenants and local law enforcement officials were contacted and asked to share their information," added Page. "The incident is being investigated by the Sonoma County Sheriff Department. Sonoma Raceway takes this incident very seriously and is committed to the operation of a facility that welcomes everyone."
While this is unlikely, it remains unclear whether the noose on the California route has a connection to the noose found in Wallace's garage the next day. NASCAR and FBI investigations are ongoing on the Lincoln, Alabama line, and Wallace has been consulted on the subject.
Both racist acts come just a few weeks after NASCAR - which has deep roots in the south and a strong base of support in the region - introduced a total ban on the Confederate flags at its events. Wallace has been instrumental in the association's decision to part with a long history of tolerance and sometimes to support the flying of the outdated racist symbol, which serves as a relic of the original sin of the United States.
A Confederate flag flies on the back of a truck passing the Talladega Superspeedway.
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Some fans vowed to boycott the stock car racing series due to the new rule, others gathered outside the Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday to protest the decision by waving Confederate flags. An anonymous person even waved a Confederate flag and banner saying "Defund NASCAR" over the route on Sunday afternoon.
It is more than possible that the slings at both NASCAR venues were in response to the association's recent urge for a progressive community and atmosphere at its events. President Steve Phelps and the NASCAR leadership vowed to exclude anyone who hung the noose in Wallace's garage from life, and it is likely that the organization would react similarly to the perpetrator behind the noose at the Sonoma Raceway.
All signs indicate that the noose in Bubba Wallace's garage was an inside job, and NASCAR vowed that the person would be "excluded from sports for life."
NASCAR drivers showed beautiful support for Bubba Wallace - NASCAR's only black driver - who pushed his car and stood with him during the national anthem after a sling was found in his garage
A plane with a banner with the Confederate flag and the words "defund NASCAR" flew over the route in Talladega in protest against the ban on all races
A noose was found in the stable of a black NASCAR driver - just a few hours after the Confederate flags had flown across the route on the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama
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