- On Sunday night, NASCAR confirmed that a noose was found in the stall assigned to black driver Bubba Wallace at the Talladega Superspeedway
- Following a joint investigation into the incident, the FBI and Jay Town found no hate crime had been committed
- The noose that was found was said to be a garage door pull that had been in the stall since October 2019
NASCAR officials along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation declared a noose found in the stall of black driver Bubba Wallace at the Talladega Superspeedway was a garage door pull that had been there since 2019.
Northern District of Alabama U.S. Attorney Jay Town announced his office launched an investigation with the FBI and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division on Monday. Town said the investigation was to decide whether a federal crime occurred. The investigation found no federal crime had been committed.
Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr. released a statement on the findings of the investigation. “On Monday, fifteen FBI special agents conducted numerous interviews regarding the situation at Talladega Superspeedway. After a thorough review of the facts and evidence surrounding this event, we have concluded that no federal crime was committed,” the statement read.
The fbi learned that garage number 4, where the noose was found, was assigned to bubba wallace last week. the investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by nascar, that the noose found in garage 4 was in that garage as early as october 2019. although the noose is known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known mr. wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week.
the decision to not pursue federal charges is proper after reviewing all available facts and all applicable federal laws. we offer our thanks to nascar, mr. wallace, and everyone who cooperated with this investigation.Northern District of Alabama U.S. Attorney Jay Town
NASCAR announced the discovery of the noose on Sunday night. The incident occurred just two weeks after Wallace pushed for NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at all tracks and facilities. “We are angry and outraged and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act,” NASCAR said in a statement after finding the noose. The statement went on to read, “As we have stated unequivocally, there is no place for racism in NASCAR, and this act only strengthens our resolve to make the sport open and welcoming to all.”
NASCAR released the following statement after the completion of the investigation into the noose.
The FBI has completed its investigation at Talladega Superspeedway and determined that Bubba Wallace was not the victim of a hate crime. The FBI report concludes, and photographic evidence confirms, that the garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose had been positioned there since as early as last fall. This was obviously well before the 43 team’s arrival and garage assignment. We appreciate the FBI’s quick and thorough investigation and are thankful to learn that this was not an intentional, racist act against Bubba. We remain steadfast in our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all who love racing.NASCAR