Ray Ciccarelli leaving NASCAR after sport bans Confederate flag at events, issues defiant statement

NASCAR driver Ray Cicarrellli announced he will quit NASCAR after the organization announced they would ban Confederate flags.

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NBC News reports Ray Ciccarelli said Wednesday he will quit NASCAR at the end of the season after the sport announced it would ban Confederate flags at its events.

Ciccarelli, a Truck Series driver, wrote on Facebook it has “been a fun ride and dream come true” but if this is the direction NASCAR is headed, he will not participate after the 2020 season is over.

He said he does not believe in kneeling during the national anthem or “taken people right to fly what ever flag they love.”

“I could care less about the Confederate Flag but there are ppl that do and it doesn’t make them a racist,” he said.

All NASCAR is doing, he wrote, is “f—— one group to cater to another.” He added, “and I ain’t spend the money we are to participate in any political BS!!”

The issue was pushed to the fore this week by Bubba Wallace Jr., the only African American driver in NASCAR’s top series. Wallace, whose real name is Darrell, called for the banishment of the Confederate flag at NASCAR events on Monday and said there was “no place” for it in the sport.

NASCAR announced the ban in a statement posted to its Twitter account before Wednesday night’s race at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia, where Wallace was driving a Chevrolet emblazoned with #BlackLivesMatter.

“The presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors, and our industry,” the statement said.

The display of the Confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties, it also said.

TCO reported Nascar driver Bubba Wallace, a black driver, called for the end of confederate flags in NASCAR.

Wallace will race in a car that has #BlacklivesMatter on it and on the back has the phrase “compassion, love, understanding.”

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Per Breitbart, in an interview with CNN, Wallace, who recently wore a “I Can’t Breathe Black Lives Matter” shirt to the track, says the Confederate flag makes some feel “uncomfortable.”

“My next step would be to get rid of all Confederate flags,” Wallace said. “No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race. So it starts with Confederate flags. Get them out of here. They have no place for them.”

While he clearly feels passionate about the subject, Wallace is under no illusions about how unpopular his request will be with some.

“There’s going to be a lot of angry people that carry those flags proudly but it’s time for change,” he said. “We have to change that, and I encourage NASCAR — we will have those conversations to remove those flags.”