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Unhinged: The Noose Left In Bubba Wallace’s Garage (Warning: Language)


Unhinged: The Noose Left In Bubba Wallace’s Garage (Warning: Language)

Many drivers in the early days of NASCAR had their start in moonshine running. Many had histories with families that had ties to racing or other high-adrenaline sports. Wendell Scott was no exception…he was a daredevil as a kid, a World War II veteran, and was busted in 1949 for hauling shine. But Scott was different in one major aspect: he was black. He started racing in the early 1950s and you can probably imagine how it went: NASCAR-sanctioned races were no-go deals, as no black drivers were allowed. When officials told him that they’d allow a white driver to run his car, he flat-out refused: “I told ’em weren’t no damn white boy going to drive my car.” He linked up with the Dixie Circuit, which raced at non-NASCAR tracks, sometimes as many as five events a week, and he’d get it front, back and center. The names, other drivers kicking the shit out of him on the track. He never retaliated, even though it wouldn’t be out of line. He didn’t want to stir up any more racially-based problems than he already was dealing with. Over time, Scott started to earn a reputation as a racer, someone who was there to drive, and not deal with the other sideline issues. There was a car, there was a checkered flag at the end, it was time to go for it. He raced through 1973, when injuries from a racing accident made the decision for him. During that time, he was the leading foot of change in NASCAR at the height of the Civil Rights Movement and even though he dealt with the rough end of the stick day in and day out, he pushed through.

I’m not diving into the politics of the current day. Things are toxic enough in the world right now without that. But what happened to Bubba Wallace yesterday was nothing short of shameful. A noose was left in the garage of the No. 43 team at Talladega, and you shouldn’t need an explanation to know why that is making headlines. A noose, in 2020, in the garage stall of the only black driver in NASCAR ranks right now, days after NASCAR officially banned Confederate symbols and flags at it’s tracks and events. You can do the math and see what happened, right?

Bubba’s statement:

NASCAR’s statement: “Late this afternoon, NASCAR was made aware that a noose was found in the garage stall of the 43 team. We are angry and outraged, and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act,” NASCAR said in a statement. “We have launched an immediate investigation, and will do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them from the sport. As we have stated unequivocally, there is no place for racism in NASCAR, and this act only strengthens our resolve to make the sport open and welcoming to all.”

And they should drum them out with full fanfare of shame. If NASCAR is going to actually be open and welcoming to all, they have to come down hard on the indivduals who were responsible for what is both a temper tantrum and a death threat wrapped up in one non-verbal message. While there were protests against NASCAR’s decision preceding the race, including a plane flying a banner that showed the Stars and Bars and “Defund NASCAR” on it, those protestors were outside of the track and were relatively benign. Whoever left that fucking noose in plain view wanted a message sent, and if there is any right with the world, they will get a message in return. A damn strong one.

I subscribe to the Gunnery Sergeant Hartman viewpoint on racial issues, specifically the line that ends with, “…here you are all equally worthless.” Phrase it however you want. Cut him and cut me, we bleed the same. I die, he dies, it’s the same. I’ve served with every race this Earth has to offer during my military time. You want to know when this shit ends, when things can simmer down and we can go back to being normal? I’ll give you a little bit of insight: fourteen months into a rotation, when everybody is eating the same barbecue off of the same cheap-ass grille and is drinking water from the same cooler after everybody spent the day busting their ass to earn their pay, cracking jokes and conversing, that’s when we’ll be good. That’s equality. It does happen.

Andrew Murstein, the co-owner of Richard Petty Motorsports, has summed it up best in my eyes: “You would like to think the country has changed for the better in the last 40-plus years. Unfortunately, in many ways, it hasn’t.”


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46 thoughts on “Unhinged: The Noose Left In Bubba Wallace’s Garage (Warning: Language)

      1. MKB

        Looks like the FBI says some asshole tied and left a noose in the garage as far back as Oct/19. I guess bottom line is NASCAR has chosen to rid themselves of the redneck, klan, confederate shit. Probably about time after all, just like Hilliary the confederacy lost.

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  1. David

    I’ve had Hot Passes for Cup Weekends, in the past. This was a sick and despicable act. The Garage area, at Talladega has just been redone, with more access to fans…which were not allowed this weekend, because of COVID.

    While I’ve never been in the garage at Talladega, I have been in the Chicago, Michigan, and Texas tracks, garages areas. And I’m tell you, there are cameras everywhere! They will find this person, and they will more than likely, get arrested, for a hate crime…along with being banned from, all Motorsports.

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  2. Nate

    The last time a black celebrity made claims about a noose it ended up being his. I suggest people calm down and allow Nascar to investigate and punish those involved. And for the record I am in no way claiming that Wallace had anything to do with it. I just think people need to stop making knee jerk and emotional responses to everything they see and hear.

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    1. Joe

      Well Bryan what do you have to say now??? NEVER jump into the water before you know what us in it!! You owe us an apology for jumping to conclusions.
      Something along the lines of “We should have known nobody in the NASCAR community would’ve done such a thing. I’m sorry for jumping to that conclusion.”
      NASCAR too!!!

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    1. Brian Cooper

      Agreed. It was either someone on one of the teams, or track staff, or Nascar staff.

      I’m not condoning this, I’m saying that this was not done by one of the fans, who could not have been there.

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    2. Joe

      Look, NO FANS were in the garage. When was it found? Who benifits MOST from this exposure? Those are questions that need answered.

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  3. Pizzandoughnuts

    We’re united by speed and love the sport, unfortunately the hatred of so many who want to create division will find themselves on the outside.
    NASCAR, NHRA, ADRL, NMCA, NMRA and so many others, this is your time to make a stance against racism.

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    1. orange65

      Or they can NOT get on the political bandwagon and probably avoid being a lightening rod for this kind of stupidity. This has done nothing favorable for NASCAR, Bubba, Petty Enterprises, or anyone else involved- wait and see.

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      1. Joe

        Nothing favorable??? RPM, NASCAR and ESPECIALLY a 20th place driver getting massive media exposure.
        Nobody benifits huh?

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  4. Loren

    A sick/stupid prank by someone inside enough to have access to a secure area becomes national news narrative. Helping [ ] Not Helping [ ]

    ???

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  5. Gary

    Ten bucks says a black guy did it. I am a political junkie, and the number of blacks who do this filth is staggering. They later are found out and admit to it. Like I said, ten bucks says that’s the case here.

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  6. Davey

    There would / should be security and dozens of cameras covering the garages and the millions of dollars of investment houses within. Anyone getting in after hours has credentials. This should not be a lengthy investigation. This is disgusting and despicable

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  7. OrvH

    Greetings Bang Shift.
    Please do not join the mob. I don’t think there anybody you or I associate with who thinks that leaving a noose is a good idea. This identity politics where all the black ppl are victims and all the white ppl are racists does not help our society. This matter can and will be dealt with, I still have faith, in generally a fair manner.
    thanks.

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    1. jerry z

      Publicity stunt, there is no way someone could have entered the garage without being caught on some security camera. There is just too much money in those garages.

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  8. Gordon Mangelsen

    Deeply saddened by the state of affairs in the USA hasn’t anyone learned of Rodney King or Martin Luther king why can’t people just get along it would be a much better place to live my support goes out to Bubba Wallace his family and teammates

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  9. Mr. Sickofthisshit

    The comments on this article show just how [email protected]#&*d our country is. Do your selves a favor and listen to Bubba Wallace on the Dale Jr. download, what an intelligent and articulate man that unfortunately is having to teach his (adult) peers how to act.. The bigger point here is why is this still an issue in America? The answer can be found in the comment sections above.

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      1. jerry z

        Mr. SOTS isn’t going to says jacks**t about the fake news. He is afraid Bubba Smollet might be watching him.

        Sad state of affairs.

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  10. Brian Cooper

    Apparently the noose was not a noose. It was a loop tied in the end of the cord used to close the garage door. It was there before this race, and every other garage has the same loop in the cord. Look at the photos below and make your own decision. It looks to me like this was a misunderstanding *UNLESS* there is a different rope that was hung in Wallace’s pit.

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/06/22/is-bubba-wallace-rope-noose-a-hoax-or-misunderstanding-all-talladega-garage-doors-have-nooses-nascar-video-evidence/

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  11. Bill

    Never let a good crisis go to waste….Use a door pull to get attention. Rope has been there for while says FBI makes you wonder if NASCAR and the DRIVERS thought this stunt would get them some attention.
    Remember lets all jump to conclusions!

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  12. Chuck Finley

    Aaaaaannnnndddd…….It’s a Hoax. Move on nothing to see here. Just more worthless virtue signaling for the Ignorant, Gullible, “WOKE” myrmidons out there. Then the media continues to provide a FALSE, hysterical, narrative with no concern for the outcome of their hyperbolic actions
    Rather than attempt to unite, Bubba Wallace, NASCAR, et al (with willing media assistance) seek to divide fans with inflammatory language. NASCAR said the penalty for committing this act would be lifetime suspension…..I guess Jussie Smollett gets suspended for life. Bubba Wallace owns this whole charade, he committed the act. It says a lot about the huge chip on his shoulder and his personal character, yet only seems capable of doubling down with his rhetoric.

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  13. egads

    Bangshift fell for it too, sad. When will the media search for the truth before they jump on the latest bandwagon, shame on all of them.

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  14. Kevin

    I am embarrassed that I share the same air as you morons. It WAS a rope tied into a noose. Never seen a garage door pull tied like that in my 40 years in garages. It was obviously tied that way on purpose and when it was tied isn’t the issue. Whether it was done in 2019 or 2020 it is still a racist symbol. All you racist hacks are free to stop coming To Bangshift. I doubt Tag or the others want you here anyway.

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    1. Joe

      Still on this bullshit wagon?? SERIOUSLY grow a spine! I’ve been in many garages that have that type of door closure rope.
      Pull your head out and quit looking thru a brown haze.

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    2. Chuck

      Wow Kevin you have 40 years in the garages. NASCAR garages? Or installing garage door openers at houses?
      If you REALLY ARE old enough to be working in NASCAR garages for 40 years, then you’re old enough to recognize the ignorance of your statement(s).
      Sorry to tell you that nooses were invented BEFORE SLAVERY. When your little feelings are hurt, and your best response is to plea…..Racist…..That it the PRIMARY FORM OF RACISM.
      We’ve seen the real racists in this dialogue…..Bubba is a racist…..You too Kevin.

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  15. Kevin

    That pop you all heard was Joe’s head popping out of his arse to write his reply. You been hanging out with the clan cause I have never seen a pull rope tied to look like a noose.

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    1. egads

      How is a noose a racist symbol? No white people were ever hung with a rope? Kevin needs to reread some history. ( You put a LOOP in the rope to make it easy to grab with gloves on ) Nascar .and Bubba.needs to put out a formal apology to the few fans they have left.

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        1. Chuck

          OOOH…..See what you did there, anger, not dialogue. Typical response……The liberal mind is driven by emotion…..When it’s time to react…..React emotionally….Don’t consider the consequences of your comments or actions.

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          1. Kevin

            Since you are gonna get political and labeled me a liberal I will assume your a Trumptard, so you might want to pass the advise you gave me on to Captain Bone Spurs in the White House.

            As far as replying to your posts I believe I answered your questions when replying to bubble boy. I know you folks don’t like researching for yourself and let Hannity think for you so I will add some more facts.

            NASCAR Checked all 29 tracks which includes 1684 garage stalls. They found 11 had simple knots on the end…takes 2 seconds to tie and only one had a noose..which takes considerable more time and effort to make. The remaining had no knots and was just a straight rope. Facts.

  16. Kevin

    ATTENTION: No sharp objects allowed near or around “egads”.
    We do not want to be responsible for bursting the bubble that they live in.
    Thank you for your cooperation.

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    1. egads

      Still haven’t answered the question Kevin; How is a noose a racist symbol? No whites were ever hung?

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      1. Kevin

        Ok shortbus let’s go.
        1. Were white people hung just because they were white? Nope
        2. How many white people have had a noose hung in their front yard as a form of intimidation? A few maybe but because they were considered N lovers so don’t bother using that as a excuse.

        Shall I go on? Google the word noose and see how many results you get about racism. Research bro. Check it out.

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