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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020 file photo, The Reverend Greg Drumwright, right, greets people at the memorial site for Greg Floyd in Minneapolis.  Greg Drumwright, a minister at the Citadel Church & Campus Ministries, helped organize a group of Black fans to attend the NASCAR race at Talladega and support driver Bubba Wallace. Drumwright now hopes he can become an advocate of change for NASCAR.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

NASCAR meets with minister pushing for racial equality

Jul. 2, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

As the Rev. Greg Drumwright watched members of his ministry crowd the fence at Talladega Superspeedway to cheer for Black driver Bubba Wallace, he realized his first NASCAR race was the start of his immersion into stock car racing. Less than three weeks later, Drumwright has a seat at NASCAR’s leadership...

NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace is consoled by team owner Richard Petty, right, prior to the start of the NASCAR Cup Series at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala., Monday, June 22, 2020. In an extraordinary act of solidarity with Wallace, NASCAR's only Black driver, dozens of drivers pushed his car to the front of the field before Monday's race. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Column: NASCAR rolls on, through crisis and controversy

Jun. 29, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The one thing NASCAR has always gotten right is its ability to keep the wheels turning. In crisis or coronavirus, the show finds its way to a race track and keeps plugging along. That has never been in doubt, at least not since 2001 when Dale Earnhardt died in a crash on the last...

Kevin Harvick celebrates in the winners circle after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Late scratch: Harvick knocks off Pocono from winless list

Jun. 27, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Kevin Harvick hit pause on that victory swirl of scorched rubber and billows of smoke at Pocono Raceway. Sure, Harvick needed to save the engine for a repeat run in the same Ford and a shot at a weekend sweep in a Cup Series twin bill. He stood on his car alone again in victory lane...

Driver Bubba Wallace leans on his car in the pits of the Talladega Superspeedway prior to the start of the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega Ala., Monday June 22, 2020.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Wallace, NASCAR's agent of change, doing 'what feels right'

Jun. 26, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Being an agent of change in NASCAR cuts both ways for Bubba Wallace. He is seen as a hero to some, particularly those who have longed for a Black driver to shake things up in a predominantly white sport. To others, the 26-year-old Wallace represents something else entirely and he has...

FILE - In this June 22, 2020, file photo, Bubba Wallace takes a selfie of himself and of other drivers who had pushed his car to the front in the pits at Talladega Superspeedway before the NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Talladega Ala., Monday June 22, 2020. The noose found hanging in Wallace's garage stall at Talladega had been there since at least last October, federal authorities said Tuesday, June 23, in announcing there will be no charges filed in an incident that rocked NASCAR and its only fulltime Black driver. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

North Carolina speedway owner offers 'Bubba Rope' for sale

Jun. 26, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

DANBURY, N.C. (AP) — The owner of a North Carolina racetrack advertised “Bubba Rope” for sale in a social media marketplace days after NASCAR said a noose had been found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace, the top series’ only Black driver, at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama Mike...

This photo provided by NASCAR shows the noose found in the garage stall of Black driver Bubba Wallace at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala., on Sunday, June 21, 2020. The discovery prompted a federal investigation that determined the rope had been there since at least last October. (NASCAR via AP)

'The noose was real' - NASCAR releases photo from Talladega

Jun. 25, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

Declaring “the noose was real,” NASCAR officials on Thursday released a photo of the rope found in the speedway garage stall of Black driver Bubba Wallace that prompted a federal investigation into whether he had been the target of a hate crime. The incident has put racism front and center for the...

FILE - In this June 22, 2020, file photo, Bubba Wallace takes a selfie of himself and of other drivers who had pushed his car to the front in the pits at Talladega Superspeedway before the NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Talladega Ala., Monday June 22, 2020. The noose found hanging in Wallace's garage stall at Talladega had been there since at least last October, federal authorities said Tuesday, June 23, in announcing there will be no charges filed in an incident that rocked NASCAR and its only fulltime Black driver. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Rope found hanging in Wallace's garage was coincidence

Jun. 24, 2020 10:43 AM EDT

NASCAR went to Talladega Superspeedway on heightened alert after Bubba Wallace, its only Black driver, took on an active role in a push for racial equality. Wallace had successfully called for the ban of the Confederate flag and received threats. Fans paraded past the main entrance of the Alabama track displaying...

Driver Bubba Wallace, right, is overcome with emotion as he sits in his car prior to the start of the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega Ala., Monday June 22, 2020. A noose was found in the garage stall of Wallace's car yesterday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Column: NASCAR rallies around Wallace in poignant moment

Jun. 23, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

There is no escaping it: NASCAR is a white-dominated sport with a predominantly white fan base and a longstanding reputation as being far from inclusive. Its evolution, such as it is, has been halting and awkward. One step forward, seemingly a half step back. The stock car series listened to Bubba Wallace...

No federal charges planned in NASCAR noose incident, authorities say it may have been in speedway stall since October

Jun. 23, 2020 5:22 PM EDT
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — No federal charges planned in NASCAR noose incident, authorities say it may have been in speedway stall since October.

California raceway president says noose found in tree

Jun. 23, 2020 2:36 AM EDT

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — A makeshift noose was found hanging from a tree at the Sonoma Raceway in California and officials said they are investigating the incident. Raceway President Steve Page said a “piece of twine tied in what appeared to be a noose” was found hanging from a tree Saturday...