President Trump has suggested in a tweet that Nascar made a mistake by banning Confederate flags at their races and even suggested that Bubba Wallace should apologize for an incident the president called a “hoax,” even though an FBI investigation determined that a noose was found in Wallace’s garage.
On Sunday, June 21, a noose was found in the garage stall assigned to Bubba Wallace, the circuit’s only Black American driver, yet he did not find the noose, nor did he report it; a member of Wallace’s team did and promptly informed Nascar security, who notified Nascar executives, which prompted an FBI investigation.
The day after the race (Tuesday, June 23), the FBI announced that although a noose was found in Wallace’s garage, no federal crime had been committed because the noose had been hanging in that spot since early fall, and thus could not have been purposefully aimed at Wallace specifically, as he was not assigned the stall until June 2020.
Nascar officials and FBI investigators have not once disputed the fact the noose was found in Wallace’s garage stall. Nascar executives have announced that they had conducted a careful sweep of all 1,684 garage stalls at the 29 tracks the league uses, and the only noose was the one found in Wallace’s garage. In his official statement, written with U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, FBI Special Agent Johnnie Sharp Jr. used the word “noose” four times.
“As you can see from the photo, the noose was real, as was our concern for Bubba,” NASCAR president Steve Phelps said. “Based on the evidence we had, we thought our drivers — that one of our drivers had been threatened, a driver who had been extremely courageous in recent words and actions. It’s our responsibility to react and investigate, and that’s exactly what we did.”