Blaney wins at Talladega after NASCAR publicly backs Wallace


Thirty-nine NASCAR drivers and their crews pushed Bubba Wallace's vehicle to the front of Talladega Superspeedway's field before a race today in a show of support for the circuit's only black driver one day after a noose was discovered hanging in his garage stall.

Blaney, one of Wallace's best friends, briefly spoke about what their friendship means, especially in tough times.

Prior to the Geico 500, drivers gathered around Wallace's vehicle for the national anthem in an act of solidarity. As my mother told me today, 'They are just trying to scare you.' This will not break me, I will not give in nor will I back down.

On Sunday, it was reported that a noose had been found in Wallace's garage stall, not two weeks after he lobbied for the stock auto racing series to ban the Confederate flag from display at its events and facilities.

Watson went on to finish Monday's race in 14th place. "We'll just go on to Pocono". It was a race marked by support for Wallace instead of another Big One at Talladega, though there was mayhem behind Blaney on the final lap and he also pushed Erik Jones into the wall near the finish. The 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway does not have lights for night racing.

"It was truly incredible and I am proud to be a part of this sport".

"The deal that happened yesterday, sorry I'm not wearing my mask, but I wanted to show whoever it was that you're not going to take away my smile and I'm going to keep on going", he told Little.

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NASCAR drivers, pit crew members and others on Monday marched in solidarity with Bubba Wallace, in the wake of a racist incident that targeted the only full-time Black driver in the sport's elite Cup Series.

NASCAR announced earlier this month that it was banning displays of the Confederate flag at all events and properties. ESPN reports that Wallace "climbed out of his auto and wept".

"I looked at the stands and watched all the people jump up and cheer", he said.

The scenes came a day after NASCAR revealed that a noose had been found in Wallace's garage stall at the track, triggering a possible hate crime investigation by federal authorities.

The crowd had dwindled significantly from Sunday, when up to 5,000 fans were allowed into Talladega - only the second race with fans since NASCAR returned from the pandemic-forced shutdown.

"An "#IStandWithBubba" hashtag was painted on the track's grass infield.

NASCAR president Steve Phelps echoed that statement Monday while speaking to reporters on a conference call, saying: "Unequivocally, they will be banned from this sport for life". I thought we had a shot at the end. "I don't care who they are, they will not be here".