After the NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney were asked about their views on the Confederate flag.
As NASCAR has not banned the use of Confederate flags in the tracks, fans can be seen waving these flags on the stadium. In the wake of Geroge Floyd’s death, there have been demands to ban the Confederate flag, which is a symbol of racism.
Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski said that he only respects and salutes the American flag but at the same time he won’t tell people to “get rid of it”.
“I only salute one flag and that’s America’s. I recognize that that flag might mean something different to different people, but it doesn’t mean United States of America to me. But I’m not gonna tell people they need to get rid of it. That’s not my right either. But I certainly don’t salute it or respect it or probably anyone else who feels the same way. But, at the end of the day, it’s not our call.”
Fellow Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney had the same attitude towards the American flag and also he expressed that he would love to “not see them at the race track.”
“As far as the confederate flags go, they had that trade your flag in, and I think everyone has their beliefs. It’s tough, but I don’t really enjoy it because sometimes I feel like the people that wave them mean the negative when they wave them, and that’s not cool.
“Yeah, I’d love to not see them at the race track, honestly, because it doesn’t make everyone comfortable, so that’s kind of where I stand on that. Bring your 50 stars flag; I think that would be way better.”