Darrell Bubba Wallace Jr. an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for Richard Petty Motorsports. Wallace is noted for being one of the most successful African American drivers in the history of NASCAR
Weather I agree or disagree with him is not the point but being born and raise in South and the fact I know a TON of NASCAR fans. This is going to cause a shit storm, especially if they start seriously talking about doing it. NASCAR already has trouble pleasing fans but be prepared and wait for it because the next social media storm is coming.
“My next step would be to get rid of all Confederate flags,” Wallace told CNN on Monday. “No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race. So it starts with Confederate flags. Get them out of here. They have no place for them.” – Darrell Bubba Wallace Jr.
Wallace, who drives the No. 43 car for Richard Petty Motorsports, recognizes his position will not sit well with some people.
“There’s going to be a lot of angry people that carry those flags proudly, but it’s time for change,” he said. “We have to change that, and I encourage NASCAR — we will have those conversations to remove those flags.” Darrell Bubba Wallace Jr.
Wallace, has said he wasn’t always bothered by seeing Confederate flags but now has apparently changed his mind.
“What I’m chasing is checkered flags, and that was kind of my narrative,” Wallace said, “but diving more into it and educating myself, people feel uncomfortable with that, people talk about that — that’s the first thing they bring up.”
When asked whether he thought his opinion on the Confederate flag was unpopular, Wallace said he sees it as something the sport must take a strong stance on.
“We should not be able to have an argument over that,” he said. “It is a thick line we cannot cross anymore.”
The next race is Wednesday night at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia so let’s see what happens.
Update: June 10th NASCAR will no longer allow the Confederate flag to be displayed at any of its events, ending an association, whether direct or indirect, with an emotionally charged symbol that some view as heritage and others view as hate.
“The presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry. Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sport special. The display of the confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties”- NASCAR statement