A spokesman for the governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, condemned a racist Facebook post by the owner of a race track in the state on Thursday.
Mike Fulp, who owns 311 Speedway in Pine Hall, NC, advertised a “Bubba Rope” for sale on the Facebook Marketplace. The listing was released on Wednesday and removed on Thursday, according to The Associated Press. It included the description: “Buy your Bubba rope today for only $ 9.99 each. They come with a lifetime warranty and work great.”
The “Bubba Rope” is a reference to the noose that a team member of Richard Petty Motorsports found on Sunday in Bubba Wallace’s garage stand on the Talladega Superspeedway. Both NASCAR and the FBI investigated the matter and found that no hate crime against Wallace had been committed since the noose had been in place since October 2019.
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Fulp’s post was criticized in the comment section before it was removed.
“This incident of racism is terrible and shameful,” said Ford Porter, the governor’s deputy communications director, about the Winston-Salem Journal. “North Carolina is better than this.”
Mike Fulp’s “Bubba Rope” post
The 311 Speedway is an 800m dirt road located just off the 311 freeway in the northern central part of the state.
The journal reported on Saturday that 311 Speedway had lost some partnerships after Fulps post – one from a concrete company and the other from a driver series.
NASCAR said the examination of the noose in Wallace’s garage stand revealed that it was placed sometime during the 2019 Talladega race weekend. Concerned about the fact that it was not previously informed of the presence of the sling, NASCAR is conducting industry-wide sensitivity and unconscious bias training and installing additional cameras in garages on its tracks.
“NASCAR thoroughly searched all of the garage areas on the tracks where we race,” said NASCAR President Steve Phelps on Thursday. “On these 29 tracks and 1,684 garage stands, we found a total of only 11 with a pull-down rope tied in a knot.
“And just a noose – the one that was discovered in Bubba Wallace’s garage on Sunday.”
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The 26-year-old Wallace and the only black driver in the three national NASCAR series has made a name for himself due to a misunderstanding between his own Richard Petty Motorsports racing team and NASCAR.
“They get a backlash every day,” Wallace said Tuesday night on CNN hours after the FBI and NASCAR announced the results of their investigation. “I’m used to it. It stings a bit worse when they try to test your character.”
Amid global protests against racial injustice, Wallace led a group of drivers a few weeks ago who urged NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag from the rails. NASCAR did just that on June 10th, announcing that the flag should no longer be allowed on any of its events or properties.