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Nascar’s only black driver Bubba Wallace is having ripple effects beyond racing.
Bubba Wallace, the only black full-time driver at Nascar’s highest level, truly seized the moment.
On Sunday, amid ongoing national protests over police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, Wallace wore an “I Can’t Breathe / Black Lives Matter” shirt before a race in Atlanta. On Monday, he appeared on CNN and called for the sport to rid itself of Confederate flags, which have long been a staple of Nascar telecasts, toted by fans, worn on shirts and hats, and emblazoned on RVs in parking lots.
“No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race,” Wallace said. “So it starts with Confederate flags. Get them out of here.”
Just two days later, on Wednesday, Nascar took action. It banned Confederate flags at its events.
“The presence of the confederate flag at Nascar events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors, and our industry,” Nascar said in a statement. “The display of the confederate flag will be prohibited from all Nascar events and properties.”
ESPN’s Ryan McGee called it a “one-man campaign.” And just hours after Nascar’s announcement, Wallace raced at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia on Wednesday in an all-black #BlackLivesMatter car and pulled off his best-ever finish (No. 11) at the course. He called it the “biggest race of my career.”