Bubba Wallace, the NASCAR driver whose call to remove the Confederate flag from NASCAR spurred the racing series to ban it from its races and properties, appeared to be threatened with a hate crime at Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama, on Sunday.
According to NASCAR, a noose was found in Wallace’s garage.
“Late this afternoon, NASCAR was made aware that a noose was found in the garage stall of the 43 team. We are angry and outraged, and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act,” NASCAR said in a statement.
NASCAR responded decisively and said that it would conduct an investigation and ban the people responsible.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 22, 2020
The FBI eventually got involved and the result of the investigation determined it was the garage door’s pull rope.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 23, 2020
Wallace, who drives the No. 43 Chevrolet