A few photos of the noose a Richard Petty Motorsports team member found in Bubba Wallace’s car garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday have been shared on social media, but none as clear as the picture NASCAR released Thursday.
#NASCAR has released the photo of the noose found in the No. 43 garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday afternoon. (Photo Credit: NASCAR) pic.twitter.com/09StWX6fbg
— SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90) (@SiriusXMNASCAR) June 25, 2020
NASCAR president Steve Phelps said Thursday the photo was captured by NASCAR security as part of its investigation.
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“NASCAR conducted a thorough sweep of all the garage areas across the tracks where we race,” Phelps said Thursday in his explanation of NASCAR’s investigation. “So across those 29 tracks, and 1,684 garage stalls, we found only 11 total that had a pull-down rope tied into a knot.
“And only one noose — the one discovered Sunday in Bubba Wallace’s garage.”
Wallace, 26 and the only Black driver in NASCAR’s three national series, has been taking heat for what was a misunderstanding on the part of his own Richard Petty Motorsports race team and NASCAR. The presence of a noose in his Talladega garage stall Sunday was investigated by both FBI and NASCAR, who determined that no hate crime was committed against Wallace.
The noose, formed at the bottom of a pull rope attached to the garage door, had been in place since as…