Legendary Richard “The King” Petty Is At Talladega Superspeedway To Support Bubba Wallace

In what appears to be an inside job, someone on Wallace’s racing team actually found the noose and reported the incident to NASCAR officials. Many NASCAR drivers immediately showed support for Wallace and denounced the incident.

Wallace has been at the center of NASCAR media attention in the past few weeks due to his recent outspokenness concerning police brutality, most specifically the murder of George Floyd, and racial equality.

As the only Black driver on the entire NASCAR circuit, Wallace has been the target of bigoted tweets and comments in the past. The venom against Bubba was turned up after he asked NASCAR to remove the confederate flags from their raceways because they represented a divisive and deadly time in American history for people of color.

NASCAR obliged and some fans lost it, threatening to not attend any more NASCAR events. Yesterday’s Geico 500 race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, was eventually postponed due to inclement weather, but the story of the day was Bubba Wallace Jr. and the racist fool who planted the noose in his garage stall to send a strongly bigoted message.

White people have been hanging Black folks from trees for hundreds of years and noose’s are clear symbols of white supremacy, racism, slavery, and an evil disdain for Black people.

Actions like this have no place in NASCAR and the organization was quick to denounce it.

Wallace was quick to respond and double down on his mission to make the sport more exclusive, move it into the 21st century, and continue the fight against racism in the sport.

Wallace drives the No. 43 car for racing legend Richard “The King” Petty’s RPM team and made history in 2018 by becoming the second Black driver since 1971 to compete full-time for a Cup Series team and finished in second in his first Daytona 500 in 2018 in what became a watershed moment for NASCAR diversity.

The King is 82-years-old and in the twilight of mythical life. With COVID-19 still ravishing the world and especially senior citizens, Petty is making it his business to be at the race today, which launches at 3 pm ET.

NASCAR has also taken precautions in case Wallace’s car has also been tampered with.

NASCAR has been trying to increase its visibility and appeal to a younger, more diverse audience in order to keep the sport going. The world will finally be watching NASCAR, but for all the wrong reasons.


JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.