Ray Ciccarelli, a part-time NASCAR truck collection driver, simply discovered a doubtful strategy to make a reputation for himself.
Ciccarelli introduced Wednesday that he’ll go away the circuit after 2020 as a result of NASCAR is banning the Confederate flag in any respect occasions.
In a since-deleted however screen-captured Facebook publish, Ciccarelli mentioned he “could care less about the Confederate Flag but there are ppl that do and it doesn’t make them a racist all you are doing is f―-ing one group to cater to another and i ain’t spend the money we are to participate in any political BS!!”
Ciccarelli, 50, who drives the No. 49 CMI Motorsports Chevrolet within the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, has earned one high 10 end prior to now three years, Sports Illustrated famous.
NASCAR helmet artist Jason Beam accused the racing group of “cherry picking propaganda to pander [to] what occurred final week.”
On Wednesday, NASCAR, which has deep roots within the South, banned the Confederate flag, extensively seen as an emblem of slavery and segregation, from all occasions and properties to advertise a extra inclusive setting. The transfer got here quickly after Black driver Bubba Wallace referred to as for a ban.
The announcement got here because the Black Lives Matter motion gained momentum amid the nationwide outcry over the police killing of George Floyd. NASCAR now additionally permits crew members to kneel through the nationwide anthem as a type of peaceable protest.
NASCAR, one of many few outstanding sports activities organizations up and operating for the reason that coronavirus pandemic started, has been televising races with out followers within the stands. But a restricted quantity of spectators can be allowed at choose races on June 14.
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