Bubba Wallace, truly the only African-American driving on the NASCAR Cup Series, used a #BlackLivesMatter livery on his Richard Petty Motorsport Chevrolet for any race at Martinsville Speedway on Wednesday.
Wallace, wearing an American flag mask, clapped his hands when asked with regards to the decision before the start of the race.
“It’s been a stressful handful of weeks,” Wallace said within an interview. “This is not any doubt the leading race of my career tonight. I’m enthusiastic about tonight. There’s a whole lot of emotions relating to the race track.”
Wallace wore a black “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirt – which were George Floyd’s last words to officers restraining him – but failed to kneel usually in the national anthem.
His Chevy had “Compassion, Love, Understanding” emblazoned over the hood.
Also what the initiative that NASCAR, the whole sport, is trying to push.?, even though in a video posted on Richard Petty Motorsports’ Twitter account earlier, Wallace had said, “I think it’s going to speak volumes for what I stand for?
In front of the race, NASCAR outlawed the display of this confederate flag at its events. The flag was really a common and sophisticated sight at NASCAR races. From the civil rights era on with the season opener at Daytona in February, the flag dotted infield campsites and was waved in grandstands by fans old and young.
Floyd, a black man, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck while Floyd was handcuffed and saying he couldn’t breathe. His death sparked protests that have roiled the nation for days, and Confederate monuments tend to be taken down throughout the South – the traditional fan base for NASCAR.
Deciding had Confederate flag loyalists howling in protest and vowing to swear over the sport.
Fans have not been allowed back at races yet amid the coronavirus pandemic. It won’t be long: NASCAR offers to welcome a small amount of fans for a race Sunday near Miami even more later this month in Alabama.
NASCAR has had a checkered history with race but it took another blow when driver Kyle Larson was fired in April after he uttered a racial slur during a live-streamed virtual race.