By compelling NASCAR’s Confederate flag ban, Bubba Wallace terms it as a ‘huge, pivotal moment’
On CNN, NASCAR driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace told Don Lemon that he believed that it was essential for NASCAR to ban the confederate flag from its events as an approach to exhibit its commitment to combat against racism. By Wednesday noon, NASCAR had, truly prohibited the emblem of injustice and slavery.
The Confederate flag has been customary at several races, but in a statement on Wednesday, NASCAR stated that the flag at their events “runs contrary to our commitment to providing an inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry.”
A fundamental individual in driving NASCAR’s anti-racism measures, Wallace who is racing at Martinsville Speedway with a #BlackLivesMatter paint plan on his No. 43 Chevrolet on Wednesday primarily just clapped when FOX Sports demanded for his response to the flag prohibition. But he gave NASCAR credit for this step and thus termed it as “a huge, pivotal moment for the sport.”
He even outlined the mid-week Martinsville race as the “biggest race of my career.”
Wallace also informed FOX Sports on pit road ahead of the Martinsville race:
“Bravo. Props to NASCAR and everybody involved. This has been a stressful couple of weeks. This is no doubt the biggest race of my career tonight. And it couldn’t be at a more perfect place, where I got my first win in the Truck Series in 2013. Followed it up with that second win in 2014. So I’m excited about tonight. There’s a lot of emotions on the race track and off the race track that are riding with us, but tonight is something special. Today’s been special. Again, hats off to NASCAR.”
“[NASCAR president Steve] Phelps and I have been in contact a lot, just trying to figure out what steps are next. And that was a huge, pivotal moment for the sport. A lot of backlash, but it creates doors and allows the community to come together as one, and that’s what the real mission is here. So I’m excited about that.”
Similar to Atlanta Motor Speedway which took place on Sunday, Wallace was wearing a shirt which had “I Can’t Breathe” and “Black Lives Matter” written on it ahead of the race.