Bubba Wallace spoke out about the garage pull controversy for the first time in-depth. Wallace famously discovered a knot, which was a noose, in garage number 4 at Talladega Superspeedway.
What Bubba Wallace Had to Say
The NASCAR drive spoke with Esquire to discuss his team’s finding. “I’ve been wanting to voice my opinion for so long,” he began. “What does a model car of, say, a Chevy Camaro, like a little Hot Wheels car… it’s gonna be like oh, that’s a Camaro! That’s what you’re gonna tell your kid when you’re playing with it.”
“What’s the toy car representing?” he questioned. “It might be a Camaro, but it’s a car. No matter the size of this rope, garage pull, the noose that it was fashioned into…it’s still a f–kin’ noose at the end of the day, you know?”
Originally, the noose was thought to be a racially motivated hate crime against him. Wallace is notably the only Black NASCAR driver in the league.
NASCAR and the FBI investigated the origination of the noose. It was found to be created in 2019 to act as a garage pull, over six months prior to the race.
The day after the incident, racers pushed Wallace and his car out of the garage to show their solidarity. “Seeing that symbol of unity on pit road there at Talladega was pretty powerful for all sports to witness,” Wallace admitted. “The first thing I said after climbing out of the car after being pushed down there was, Man, I don’t like half you guys in the field but I do appreciate all you for this. I’m a sarcastic person, and I’ll say something, and it’ll piss ya off but I had no harm behind it.”
Bubba on the Confederate Flag
Wallace also discussed NASCAR’s removal of the Confederate flag. Although they have banned the flag at events, it has turned up at numerous races both inside and outside the speedways.
“Removing something doesn’t mean that it’s gonna be instantly better,” he explained. “There’s gonna be people that are still carrying that pride, that want to voice their opinion on who should be there, who should not.”
“’Hey, let us handle that,’ you know?” he continued. “I’ve said the last couple weeks: no one should feel any different than going to a NASCAR race than they do going to an NBA game, NFL game, [or an] MLB game.”