Racetrack loses sponsors for ‘Bubba Wallace Rope’ after rope incident | Nascar

A North Carolina race track has lost some associations after its owner announced “Bubba Rope” for sale days after Nascar said a knot had been found at the garage stall for Bubba Wallace, the only black driver. full-time car series.

A specific company and a series of drivers ended their partnerships Friday with 311 Speedway in Stokes County, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

The racetrack owner’s “Bubba Rope” post on Facebook Marketplace earlier this week sparked a backlash on social media. “Buy your Bubba Rope today for just $ 9.99 each, they come with a lifetime warranty and work great,” the post said.

The Carolina Sprint Tour posted on its Facebook page that it would not run on the race track for the rest of its season, according to the newspaper. “We do not endorse or endorse the comments and posts that were made last week,” the series said in an online post. A concrete company also said it was severing all ties to the highway.

The rope was found in Wallace’s team’s garage in Talladega last week, prompting a federal investigation. However, the FBI concluded that the rope had been there since last fall and was not part of a hate crime. Since then, Wallace has been the subject of unfounded conspiracy theories that he was part of a plan to plant the rope.

“We will never shut them up. They fear themselves. They are afraid of change, “Wallace said Friday of those who had attacked him on social media.” Sometimes those are the people you can’t help in all the chaos in the world. Those are the ones who need the most help. But quickly you realize that you and I don’t care too much about you.

Wallace also said Friday that people have the right to peacefully protest Nascar’s ban on the Confederate flag, but suggested that the police may take a lighter touch than they have against anti-racism protesters.

Wallace successfully led a campaign to ban the Confederate flag from racetracks. The flag is widely seen as a racist symbol of the slave-owning South during the American Civil War. However, since the ban went into effect, there has been a pullback, and a group of fans raised the flag off Talladega’s Sulapedalway race track in Alabama last week.

“It is your right to a peaceful protest,” Wallace told reporters. “It is part of that. But you won’t see them inside the racetracks where we are having fun with new fans who bought their tickets and bought their favorite driver’s clothes. You won’t see it flying in there.

The Nascar ban came in the wake of a wave of anti-racism protests across the United States following the police murder of George Floyd last month. In a notable incident, law enforcement officers used tear gas and horses to clear a group of protesters near the White House so that Donald Trump could participate in a photo opportunity outside a local church. Wallace seemed to refer to that incident when he spoke of protests against the Confederate flag ban.

Outside, they are going to make a lot of noise. It is part of that, ”she said. “It is exactly what you see on the flip side of everything that happens in the cities while they protest peacefully. But we won’t see cops spraying them with pepper and shooting them with rubber bullets, right?