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Bubba Wallace signs endorsement pact with Beats by Dre: report

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Beats by Dre announced Monday that NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace signed an endorsement deal with the company.

“We weren’t going to announce this until later this week, but hate cannot win the day,” Beats by Dre, which was acquired by Apple in 2014, wrote on Twitter.

NASCAR’S BUBBA WALLACE HITS BACK AT ‘HATE’ FROM TRUMP

“No one should ever be asked to apologize for standing up for what’s right — we are proud to welcome @bubbawallace to the Beats by Dr. Dre family.”

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NASCAR racer Bubba Wallace has signed an endorsement deal with Beats by Dre. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The announcement came after President Trump earlier Monday suggested Wallace, NASCAR’s only black driver, apologize for saying he was the victim of a hate crime.

Last month, one of Wallace’s crew members found an apparent noose in his garage stall at Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway.

The finding prompted an investigation by the FBI, which determined Wallace was not the victim of a hate crime and that the rope, fashioned like a noose, had been in the stall since at least October 2019.

In a MCLonday morning tweet, Trump wrote: “Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX? That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!”

Wallace later responded to the president’s remarks by tweeting out a statement of his own, denouncing “HATE from the POTUS.”

Addressing his younger generation of followers, Wallace wrote, “All the haters are doing is elevating your voice and platform to much greater heights.”

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He called for people to “always deal with the hate being thrown at you with LOVE!”

“Even when it’s HATE from the POTUS.. Love wins,” Wallace wrote.

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NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace hits back at ‘HATE’ from Trump

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NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace on Monday fired back at President Trump for accusing him of not apologizing after a highly publicized investigation over a rope found in his garage supposedly turned out to be a hoax.

The president suggested Wallace, the auto racing company’s only Black driver, should apologize after the sport rallied around him after the noose was found in his assigned stall at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. Federal authorities ruled last month the noose had been hanging since October and was not a hate crime. NASCAR and the FBI have exclusively referred to the rope – which was used to pull the garage door closed – as a noose.

“Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX?” Trump tweeted. “That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!”

Wallace responded on Twitter with a note to “the next generation and little ones following my foot steps” in which he urged people to use their platforms and not be detracted by “hate being thrown at you.”

“Love should come naturally as people are TAUGHT to hate,” Wallace tweeted. “Even when it’s HATE from the POTUS .. Love wins.”

Later, NASCAR released a statement praising Wallace’s “courage” and “leadership”

“We are proud to have Bubba Wallace in the NASCAR family and we commend his courage and leadership,” NASCAR said. “NASCAR continues to stand tall with Bubba, our competitors and everyone who makes our sport welcoming and inclusive for all racing fans.”

JIMMIE JOHNSON IS FIRST NASCAR DRIVER TO TEST POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

Wallace led the push for NASCAR to ban Confederate symbols at tracks. Two weeks later, a noose was found at the first race some fans were allowed to attend since the shutdown. On the same day, a plane pulling a banner of the Confederate flag that read “Defund NASCAR” was circling the track and protesters outside the speedway displayed their flags.

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Bubba Wallace stands next to his car during a prayer before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. (AP)

NASCAR President Steve Phelps has bristled at suggestions the noose was a hoax. Wallace was shown a photograph of the noose, never personally saw it, and was told by NASCAR officials he was the victim of a hate crime.

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Two NASCAR drivers came to Wallace’s defense Monday. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, currently sidelined with the coronavirus, posted an image of Wallace’s No. 43 that had been used by drivers in an earlier #IStandWithBubba campaign. Rookie Tyler Reddick tweeted but later deleted a reply to Trump that read: “We don’t need an apology. We did what was right and we will do just fine without your support.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Famed ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ car with Confederate flag to remain displayed in Illinois auto museum

A northern Illinois auto museum said it will continue displaying the iconic car from the “Dukes of Hazzard” television show with a Confederate flag painted on top of it, according to multiple reports.

The decision to keep the flag comes amid the toppling of Confederate statues following the death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25 in Minneapolis. Many believe that the flag is a symbol of racism and glorification of the Civil War, while others areas argue the flag is used to celebrate Southern heritage and the television show’s car is a “piece of history.”

“We feel the car is part of history, and people love it. We’ve got people of all races and nationalities that remember the TV show and aren’t offended by it whatsoever. It’s a piece of history, and it’s in a museum,” Brian Grams, Volo Auto Museum director, told Crystal Lake’s, Northwest Herald.

JIMMIE JOHNSON IS FIRST NASCAR DRIVER TO TEST POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

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Catherine “Daisy” Bach, Tom “Luke” Wopat, John “Bo” Schneider and The General Lee. (AP)

The Volo Auto Museum holds the last 1969 Dodge Charger used during the first season of the classic television series, which it acquired back in 2005.

“The Dukes of Hazzard” television show, which ran from 1979 until 1985, took place in fictional Hazzard County, Ga., and the main characters nicknamed the vehicle the General Lee — seen as a reference Civil War general Robert E. Lee.

The series told the adventures of two cousins, Luke and Bo Duke, and the vehicle was famously seen jumping over a police vehicle in the opening credits.

“And the museum has continued to hear from people supporting the decision to keep the car,” Grams told the paper. “Several people have reached out with positive comments about us leaving it on display, complimenting us for leaving it there and not having a knee-jerk reaction to remove it like a lot of places are.”

NASCAR announced in a statement last month that it will prohibit any images or displays of the Confederate flag at future events, in the name of love and unity. The Confederate emblem is also being removed from the Mississippi state flag.

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“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. “Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sport special.”

Ben Jones, who played Cooter the mechanic in “The Dukes of Hazzard” series applauded the decision by the Illinois auto museum — located about 50 miles northwest of Chicago — on Sunday.

“This story about the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois is a testament to the common sense and courage of the people in the Heartland of America,” he wrote on Facebook.

Grams said the museum wouldn’t remove the General Lee any more than it would think of removing Nazi artifacts displayed in its military section.

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“If we’re going to get complaints about the General Lee being here, we’ve got much worse items over in our military building,” he added, according to the paper.

Fox News’ Nick Givas and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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March 2021 Geneva Motor Show canceled due to coronavirus concerns

The 2021 Geneva International Motor Show scheduled for next March has been canceled due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Show organizers said the decision was based on a survey of exhibitors, a majority of whom said they’d prefer if it returned in 2022.

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The 2020 Geneva show was also canceled, along with the New York Auto International Auto Show and North American International Auto Show held in Detroit. Approximately 600,000 people attend Geneva’s annual show.

Many smaller automotive events have been canceled or postponed this year, but the 2020 Los Angeles Auto Show remains scheduled for November.

Most automakers have shifted to online reveals and press conferences for new models, including last week’s debut of the 2021 Ford F-150.

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Seattle union chief: Residents, businesses held ‘hostage’ by CHOP ‘criminals’ need leadership

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The residents and business owners surrounding Seattle’s Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) “police-free” zone are effectively being held “hostage” by a “criminal element” that controls the six-block area and beyond, Seattle Police Officers Guild President Michael Solan reported Saturday

In an interview on “Cavuto LIVE” with host Neil Cavuto, Solan said that the protests have gone “way too far” and that Seattleites — dozens of whom are now suing the city — have “every right to be angry.”

TRUMP VOWS NO ‘AUTONOMOUS ZONE’ IN DC AFTER PROTESTERS CLEARED

“As well as the reasonable majority of Seattle citizens [who] are being held hostage by a criminal element that still controls six blocks of…Seattle-owned land, as well as privately-owned land,” he noted.

The numerous Seattle businesses – including an auto repair shop, a tattoo parlor, and a property management company – alleged city officials were complicit in allowing an “occupied protest” that has made them feel unsafe in their neighborhood.

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Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best talks with activists near a plywood-covered and closed Seattle police precinct Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Seattle. (AP)

On Monday, Democratic leadership announced their intention to put an end to CHOP after two recent shootings — one of which was deadly. However, Solan said the effort to do so was met with resistance and the problem is far from over.

“There were some city entities, as far as heads, that went into the area yesterday to try to remove some of the boundary areas — as far as blockades — and they were met with resistance. Armed people flocked into the area and prevented those city entities, those agencies to get the job done,” he told Cavuto. “So no, this has not been solved. It’s deeply troubling still.”

Solan reiterated that the Pacific Northwest metropolis’s “fundamental lack of leadership” has been damning for his department, citing the ban of chemical munitions.

“And, as I mentioned on your show last time as well, the West Precinct downtown — which houses the 911 communication center — has been probed and effaced the last five nights. Last night they were successful in breaching windows right outside the precinct,” he added. “And so, here we are, we’re fighting for control of our police facilities so we can protect the majority of the public.”

“But, as you and I are both aware, this is a small group that [is] holding the entire city of Seattle, the majority of its citizens hostage. And autonomous zones like CHOP impose the will of the few onto the majority. It’s actually democracy in reverse,” Solan continued further. “And now, as we predicted last time, this has metastasized across the entire nation.”

Protesters in Washington D.C. were cleared out Monday evening after attempting to set up their own autonomous zone near the White House.

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“And so, when are we going to get leadership to help solve the problem?” asked Solan. “And, we want to come to the table and be stakeholders in this, for our piece…but what’s sadly happening is that there’s a socialist movement that has now infected City Hall politics. That…has got everybody in our city held captive by this ideology.”

“It’s [an] extremely, extremely difficult situation that we need to get a hold of immediately,” he concluded.

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Colorado auto crash leaves at least 7 dead: report

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A fiery head-on crash in eastern Colorado on Friday afternoon left at least seven people dead, according to a report.

The crash occurred along Highway 40/287 near Wild Horse, between Hugo and Kit Carson, FOX 31 of Denver reported.

CALIFORNIA BRIDGE ACCIDENT SENDS SUV PLUMMETING, KILLING 4, INCLUDING PREGNANT WOMAN

A white Ford F-150 truck towing a boat was traveling west and trying to pass a semi-truck when it collided with a green Chevrolet Silverado traveling east, the Colorado State Patrol told the station.

“The Ford did not move back to the westbound lanes and collided head-on with the Chevrolet,” the authorities said in a statement.

The Ford soon burst into flames and four occupants died, while at least two occupants of the Chevrolet died at the scene. A third occupant of the Chevy died on the way to a hospital and a fourth was being treated for life-threatening injuries, according to FOX 31.

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The highway was closed in both directions as emergency responders worked at the scene. The road was expected to remain closed until at least 11 p.m. local time, authorities said.

Colorado Department of Transportation officials suggested an alternate route of Highway 59 through Siebert, a town along Interstate 70.

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Bubba Wallace defiant, calls rope ‘straight-up noose’ after FBI says no crime occurred

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In all his years in auto racing, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace said Tuesday night, he has never seen anything like what he described as a “straight-up noose” that was being used as a door pull in the garage he was assigned last week at Talladega Speedway in Alabama.

“I’ve been racing all of my life,” Wallace told CNN‘s Don Lemon. “We’ve raced out of hundreds of garages that never had garage pulls like that. So people that want to call it a garage pull and put out all the videos and photos of knots being as their evidence, go ahead, but from the evidence that we have – and I have – it’s a straight-up noose.”

The FBI determined Tuesday that the rope had been hanging in the garage since last year and it wasn’t intended as a hate crime against Wallace.

FBI: NOOSE FOUND IN BUBBA WALLACE’S NASCAR GARAGE WAS THERE SINCE LAST YEAR

Wallace noted to Lemon that both the FBI and NASCAR have been calling the door pull a noose.

He said he hadn’t seen the noose himself but had seen photos of it.

“It wasn’t directed at me,” Wallace added, “but it was a noose.”

Prior to the FBI’s findings, fellow NASCAR drivers participated Monday in a show of support for Wallace, a 26-year-old native of Alabama who is the only African-American full-time driver on the NASCAR circuit.

Wallace told Lemon he found out about the noose’s presence in his garage Sunday, when NASCAR President Steve Phelps told him about it.

“The look that he had on his face alerted me in a way that I’ll never forget,” he said.

Wallace said he was frustrated because the incident has some questioning his character.

“It doesn’t matter if we provide evidence, photos,” the NASCAR driver said. “It will always be photoshopped. I will always have haters.”

The FBI in a statement Tuesday said it has “learned that garage number 4, where the noose was found, was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week. The investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by NASCAR, that the noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019.

“Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week,” the bureau concluded.

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“The FBI has completed its investigation at Talladega Superspeedway and determined that Bubba Wallace was not the target of a hate crime,” NASCAR said in a release after the findings. “The FBI report concludes, and photographic evidence confirms, that the garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose had been positioned there since as early as last fall.”

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Ford Ranger leads Cars.com’s 2020 American-Made Index

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American brands dominate the top 10 on Cars.com’s American-Made Index for 2020, with the new Ford Ranger taking the top spot.

The annual report combines several factors, including where the vehicles and their parts are manufactured, along with how many U.S. jobs each vehicle produced supports.

The official data lumps U.S. and Canadian parts content into one pool, but the study attempts to offset this by only considering vehicles with final assembly in the U.S. and giving extra weight to the manufacturing locations of engines and transmissions, two major components. Low volume, fleet-only and heavy duty models are excluded from the report.

The Michigan-built Ranger is followed by the Jeep Cherokee, which was number one last year. Tesla, participating for the first time, placed three vehicles in the top 10, with the Model S and Model 3 rated at third and fourth, respectively.

Honda is the only non-U.S. brand represented. The Japanese automaker’s Lincoln, Alabama-built Odyssey, Ridgeline and Passport fill spots five through seven, ahead of the Chevrolet Corvette, Tesla Model X and Chevrolet Colorado.

Below is the top 10 and where they are made and you can Click here for the full rankings of the 91 vehicles that qualify as “American-made” from Cars.com.

Ford Ranger – Wayne, Mich.

Jeep Cherokee – Belvidere, Ill.

Tesla Model S – Fremont, Calif.

Tesla Model 3 – Fremont, Calif.

Honda Odyssey – Lincoln, Ala.

Honda Ridgeline – Lincoln, Ala.

Honda Passport – Lincoln, Ala.

Chevrolet Corvette – Bowling Green, Ky.

Tesla Model X – Fremont, Calif.

Chevrolet Colorado – Wentzville, Mo.

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Ryan Blaney takes checkered flag at rain-delayed Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Even in victory, Ryan Blaney thought about what happened to close friend Bubba Wallace over the weekend. And what happened afterward.

Blaney held onto the lead after a restart with two laps to go Monday, earning his second straight win at Talladega Superspeedway on a day that began with NASCAR drivers throwing their support behind Wallace.

“I think it’s great that everybody really came together,” Blaney said. “I don’t want it to be remembered as a terrible day or a bad day in NASCAR.

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“I want it to be remembered as there was an incident and we all overcame it together and showed that we’re not going to take it any more.”

It was that kind of bittersweet day and weekend.

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Ryan Blaney celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega Ala., Monday, June 22, 2020. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Blaney nipped Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at the finish line by .007 seconds for his fourth win and first since Talladega in October, albeit this time before a mostly empty venue. It was a race marked by support for Wallace instead of another Big One at Talladega, though there was mayhem behind Blaney on the final lap and he also pushed Erik Jones into the wall near the finish.

“Just trying to block, block the best we could,” Blaney said. “Block the top, block the bottom … just beating and banging to the line. ”

Aric Almirola spun at the end and crossed the line almost backward.

Ford has now won nine of the last 10 Cup races at Talladega, and all three Team Penske drivers have won this season.

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The racing was overshadowed by an extraordinary act of solidarity with NASCAR’s only Black driver. Dozens of drivers pushed Wallace’s car to the front of the field before Monday’s race as FBI agents tried to find out who left a noose in his garage stall over the weekend.

He was emotional after spending time in the top five before running short on fuel and finishing 14th, slapping hands with a group of mostly African-American fans.

”I’m proud to stand where I’m at. … This sport is changing. The deal that happened (Saturday) I wanted to show whoever it was, you are not going to take away my smile. I am going to keep on going.”

— NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace

”I’m proud to stand where I’m at. … This sport is changing,” Wallace said. “The deal that happened (Saturday) I wanted to show whoever it was, you are not going to take away my smile. I am going to keep on going.”

Wallace took the lead for a lap at one point, and Stenhouse said he noticed the fan reaction, along with the chants of “Bubba” at the start.

“I looked at the stands and watched all the people jump up and cheer,” he said. “That was pretty cool.”

The stock car series was left reeling and angered by the racist act that came less than two weeks after it banned the Confederate flag on its properties at Wallace’s urging. It has vowed to permanently bar the person responsible, but the investigation was in its early stages.

The 26-year-old Wallace was surrounded by all 39 other drivers in the moments before the race and they were joined by their crews in a march down pit road as they pushed his No. 43 to the front of the line. Wallace climbed out of his car and wept.

It was a stirring move to support Wallace at a track in the heart of the South where Confederate flags have flown for decades and were seen outside the superspeedway all weekend long by fans opposed to NASCAR’s ban.

Standing alongside Wallace for the national anthem was Richard Petty, the 82-year-old Hall of Fame driver known as “The King.” Wallace drives for Petty, who issued a scathing rebuke after the noose was found that called for the “sick person” to be expelled from NASCAR forever — a move NASCAR President Steve Phelps insisted would happen should they be caught.

The race began with Martin Truex Jr. on the pole, and Tyler Reddick won the first stage, which ended in a weather caution that lasted 58-plus minutes.

The crowd had dwindled significantly from Sunday, when up to 5,000 fans were allowed into Talladega — only the second race with fans since NASCAR returned from the pandemic-forced shutdown. Workers painted “#IStandWithBubbaWallace” on the infield grass before the race and Confederate flags were nowhere to be seen inside the sprawling facility that can hold 80,000-plus and usually sees dozens of RVs lined up across the infield.

In the stands, fan Luke Johnson said he is against the flag ban, saying: “All the NASCAR tracks need to keep on flying them.”

As for the noose left for Wallace, he said: “I thought it was funny myself.”

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Another fan, Robert Chaisson, said he didn’t have a strong opinion on the ban. He certainly did on what happened to Wallace.

“That was messed up. I hope they charge that guy with a hate crime,” Chaisson, who lives in Alabaster, Alabama, said. “It doesn’t matter what your opinion is, it’s when you cross that line, then your opinion no longer matters. That’s trying to inflict harm on someone else.”

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Noose found hanging in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall at Talladega, NASCAR says

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NASCAR announced Sunday that it was investigating after a noose was found hanging in driver Bubba Wallace’s garage stall at Talladega on Sunday, nearly two weeks after prohibiting any images or displays of the Confederate flag at events.

Wallace, the African-American driver, 26, responded on Twitter late Sunday, and said the sport has made a commitment to shaping an inclusive community while adding that “we will not be deterred by the reprehensible actions of those who seek to spread hate.”

“Today, the despicable act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and how persistent we must be in the fight against racism,” Wallace, who drove in a Black Lives Matter car last week, wrote. “As my mother told me today, ‘They are just trying to scare you. This will not break me, I will not give in nor will I back down. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in.”

Wallace was a strong advocate for NASCAR’s decision to ban the Confederate flag, which he pushed for two weeks ago following the death of George Floyd on May 25. The auto racing series said it was “outraged” and declared that this action only “strengthens our resolve to make the sport open and welcoming to all.”

“Late this afternoon, NASCAR was made aware that a noose was found in the garage stall of the 43 team,” NASCAR said in a statement Sunday, according to Fox Sports. “We are angry and outraged, and cannot state strongly enough seriously we take this heinous act. We have launched an immediate investigation and will do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them from the sport.”

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Earlier this month, Wallace said his father, who is white, was worried about his safety, while also proud of everything he was doing off the track.

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“Just crazy you have to think about that side of things,” he told Fox News Autos.

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Bubba Wallace stands for the national anthem before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, June 14, 2020, in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Roughly 5,000 fans were allowed into Talladega to watch the GEICO 500 at Talladega, although they weren’t let into the infield area. The race was delayed until Monday due to rain.

There were informal protests Saturday and Sunday, with cars and pickup trucks driving along nearby roads flying the Confederate flag and parading past the entrance to the superspeedway, located in the heart of the South.

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However, there weren’t any reports of flags confiscated or taken down at the track, and NASCAR hasn’t said exactly how it plans to stop displaying the flag on track property. A small plane flew overhead pulling a banner with the flag and the words “Defund NASCAR.”

The ban took effect before last week’s race near Miami, but there were only about 1,000 military members admitted into that race.

Fox News’ Gary Gastelu and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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