NASCAR announced Tuesday that the “noose” found in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday was, in fact, a rope used to pull down the garage door but shaped like a noose.
The announcement came on the heels of the FBI saying that no federal crime was committed last weekend at the track. The bureau, in its statement, said the rope had been at the track since last October.
“For us at NASCAR, this is the best result we could hope for,” NASCAR president Steve Phelps said in a teleconference with media (per Fox Sports). “It’s disturbing to hear that it was thought that one of our own had committed this heinous act. It is fantastic to hear from the FBI definitively that there was not a hate crime.”
Phelps added that “the 43 team (Wallace’s Richard Petty Motorsports team) had nothing to do with this.”
Prior to Monday, NASCAR last raced at Talladega on Oct. 14. It was originally scheduled to return to the…