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NASCAR Cup: noose investigation details revealed

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By AMANDA VINCENT

NASCAR President Steve Phelps revealed information on Thursday regarding a NASCAR investigation into a noose tied on the end of a garage door pool-down rope in the garage stall used last weekend by the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team of driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. A member of Wallace’s team reported seeing the noose Sunday. It was discovered by an African-American member of the race team, and Wallace is the only African-American driver currently competing as a driver in any of NASCAR’s national series.

The FBI completed its investigation earlier in the week and determined that no hate crime had been committed, as the noose was present in the garage stall as early as the NASCAR weekend at the track in October 2019. The No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing team, then with Paul Menard as driver, used the garage stall that weekend.

NASCAR continued its investigation beyond the FBI investigation and also released a photo of the noose on Thursday. 

“As you can see from the photo, the noose was real, as was our concern for Bubba,” Phelps said. “With similar emotion, others across our industry and our media stood up to defend the NASCAR family, our NASCAR family, because they are part of the NASCAR family too. We are proud to see so many stand up for what’s right.”

According to Phelps, NASCAR investigation included inspections of all garages at all NASCAR tracks for a total of 1684 garage stalls. Those inspections revealed 11 ropes tied into loops, and only one of those loops was tied in the style of a noose — the noose reported by Wallace’s team at Talladega on Sunday.

“Through the investigation, the examination of the video and photographic evidence, the FBI was able to determine the noose was present in the same garage stall as last fall,” Phelps said. “It was still our responsibility to find answers to key questions as we had talked about on Tuesday. How did the noose get there?  Was anyone an intended target?  Was this a code-of-conduct violation?  Are nooses present elsewhere in other garages where we race?”

NASCAR’s investigation determined that the noose was tied at some point during the October 2019 weekend. Phelps confirmed that discussions were held with members of Wood Brothers Racing but no determination was made regarding the identity of the person who tied the noose or why it was tied the way it was.

“Moving forward, we’ll be conducting thorough sweeps of the garage area to ensure nothing like this happens again, and we are installing additional cameras in all of our garages,” Phelps said. “We’ll make any changes necessary to our sanctions and our code of conduct, and we will mandate that all members of our industry complete sensitivity and unconscious bias training with specifics and timing forthcoming.”

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