NASCAR drivers Bubba Wallace and Jimmie Johnson praised NASCAR’s decision to ban the Confederate flag from races now on.
Bubba Wallace was the forerunner for asking NASCAR to ban the use of confederate flags, which are seen as a symbol of racism, from the race tracks.
NASCAR acted on the situation and decided to ban the flags whose presence “runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry”.
Bubba Wallace said in a statement:
“Props to NASCAR and everybody involved. It creates doors and allows the community to come together as one.”
Jimmie Johnson said that the place for the confederate flags is in the history books and not on the race tracks.
“I know some want to make it political,” Johnson said. “In all these injustices and inequalities that exist, to me it’s kind of simple if we start with being kind first.”
“I think they have a place in history, and we need to keep them in the history books and not have them flying in the sky at the racetracks.”
However, stock car racer Ray Ciccarelli decided to retire from racing due to this decision.