Race organizers apologize for Confederate flag inside car | Ap
WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) – Organizers of a NASCAR race series in North Carolina have apologized after a car with a Confederate flag sticker entered a race last weekend, violating the ban on the governing body.
The flag was seen inside Lee Stimpson’s car on Saturday night at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, on Winston Salem’s Journal reported.
Track spokesman Gray Garrison said track officials must have missed seeing the flag and would make sure Stimpson wouldn’t have the symbol in his car if he raced again.
Stimpson said he will likely race once again this season at Bowman Gray Stadium and will not have the sticker on the car.
The town of Winston-Salem owns the track which, in the fall, hosts the football of Winston-Salem State University.
NASCAR banned Confederate footage on all tracks covering all levels of racing last June after a high-profile incident in which a noose on a garage rope at Talladega Speedway in Alabama was found in the garage attributed to Bubba Wallace from NASCAR, the only black driver in the series. After investigation, the FBI said the noose had been on the garage door rope since October 2019 and that Wallace was not targeted.
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