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FBI Investigation Finds No Federal Crime Committed in Bubba Wallace Noose Incident

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After an investigation of the reported noose found in Bubba Wallace‘s garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway last weekend, the FBI has concluded that “no federal crime was committed” and that the noose had been in that stall since 2019, the FBI and NASCAR announced Tuesday, June 23. The rope tied into the shape of a …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 GEICO 500 at Talladega

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The Headline(s): It’s more than plausible that the best car won on Monday, as Ryan Blaney earned his first checkered flag of 2020, fourth of his career and second in a row at Talladega Superspeedway. The No. 12 Team Penske Ford led 63 of 191 laps, the most of anybody in the field, and edged …

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NASCAR, Bubba Wallace Confronting Unsettling Symbols From the Past

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In 1960, C.Vann Woodward, the esteemed Southern scholar, remarked, “It would take a blind sentimentalist to mourn their passing.” The passing Woodward addresses has to do with all manner of Southern customs, from the statues that dot the region to the lynching bee. Yes, that’s right, there used to be something called a lynching bee …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Bubba Wallace, an Activist Off the Track, Improving on Track

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Talladega Superspeedway, home to some of the best finishes in NASCAR history. Also home to surprise underdog stories. But this weekend, it will be remembered as one of the most important in NASCAR history. 6 Arguably, one of the darkest nights in NASCAR history happened on Sunday night (June 21), when the sanctioning body made …

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Ryan Blaney Fumigates the Field on Fumes for the GEICO 500 Win

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It took overtime to do it, but Ryan Blaney secured his first win of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season in thrilling fashion, narrowly edging out Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to claim the checkered flag for the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway by just .007 seconds. It was the fourth career Cup Series win for Blaney …

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NASCAR Drivers Will Push Bubba Wallace’s Car to Front of Grid at Talladega, Stand in Solidarity

Bubba Wallace (right) greets Kirk Price (left), an official who kneeled for the National Anthem at Atlanta, before Wednesday nights race at Martinsville. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

NASCAR drivers are making a statement Monday (June 22) at Talladega Superspeedway to back one of their own, Bubba Wallace. The day after a noose was found in Wallace’s garage stall, his peers are banding together against this racist act. Frontstretch’s Dustin Albino has learned that before today’s GEICO 500 at Talladega, all 39 competitors …

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Noose Found In Bubba Wallace Garage Stall at Talladega; NASCAR Confirms FBI Investigation

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NASCAR released upsetting news Sunday (June 21) from Talladega Superspeedway after a noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace’s No. 43 car. The news broke just before 11 p.m. but the discovery was made that afternoon. Officials responded with a statement vowing to identify any individuals involved in the act as soon …

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Did You Notice?: 2020 NASCAR Drivers On The Hot Seat

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Did You Notice? … Each of the sport’s superteams this season has a driver who’s running behind the curve? 12 races into the year, 2020 has been a year of parity across the sport. Four drivers have already won twice (and Denny Hamlin has won three times). A total of five drivers are tied for the series lead …

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Did You Notice?: In NASCAR, Black Lives Matter? No Confederate Flag? A Sea Change in How the Sport is Run

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Did You Notice?… NASCAR, in just the past seven days, has enthusiastically joined the Black Lives Matter movement. Bubba Wallace, in a CNN appearance Monday night (June 8), said the sport needs to ban confederate flags, for decades a symbol of its southern roots. And Kirk Price, an African-American official, was celebrated, not criticized, as he …

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Bubba Wallace Driving #BlackLivesMatter Scheme at Martinsville

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Bubba Wallace’s No. 43 will have a new look this Wednesday, June 10 at Martinsville. The Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet will sport an all-black paint scheme with “#BlackLivesMatter” on the sides and several emblems in support of the cause. Wallace wore a T-Shirt prior to Sunday’s event at Atlanta Motor Speedway with both “I Can’t …

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