NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace Drives ‘Black Lives Matter’ Car In Last Night’s Race
NASCAR continues a shocking run of "firsts" over the last few weeks.
Starting with NASCAR being the first major US Sport to return to regular season competition. Then NASCAR had its first pre-race Black Lives Matter statements. Followed quickly by NASCAR banning the confederate flag. Now last night, another first, as driver Bubba Wallace drove his #43 car under a 'Black Lives Matter' design.
Wallace arrived at this past Sunday's race wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt before the race, before calling on NASCAR to ban the confederate flag. During Sunday's race events, NASCAR President Steve Phelps issued a statement over driver's and team headsets, and on the television broadcast, on race relations in our country. Driver's cut their engines for the statement, and a moment of silence, as crew members held up Black Lives Matter shirts. Then, NASCAR released a video of drivers addressing the issue.
Then on Wednesday (June 10th), as NASCAR prepared to run their second race this week, Wallace and Richard Petty Motorsports unveiled their #43 with a 'Black Lives Matter' design. Though many online reacted to the events surrounding Wallace with an outpouring of racism and ill will, major sports stars from other sports took notice. Including a New Orleans Saints star, and the current king of the NBA...
Before last night's race, Wallace called it the biggest race of his career. Which he turned into his career-best NASCAR finish, even with some issues the team had with the car late in the race.