In a video posted on NASCAR's YouTube page, a narrator calls racing "the great equalizer" and says, "No one is white, black, brown or yellow". The noose was reportedly found by a member on Wallace's team, and this occurred only hours after a person flew a confederate flag over the speedway in protest of NASCAR banning confederate flags at all of their events.
U.S. Attorney Jay Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr. said its investigation determined "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". "Only essential personnel who [were] there". The FBI field office in Birmingham did not immediately return a message left by The Associated Press.
"Unequivocally, they will be banned from this sport for life. there is no room for this at all and we won't tolerate it, and they won't be here".
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been brought into the matter of finding who placed the noose, Phelps said.
Before the 3 p.m. ET race, the words #IStandWithBubba were seen stenciled on the grass near the race track's pit road.
Bubba, who is NASCAR's only full-time black driver, has campaigned against the flying of the Confederate flag during races.
Since the May 25 death of George Floyd, an Africa-American man who died after a white policeman knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes, there have been calls to remove objects honoring the Confederacy, which defended slavery.
Alabama governor Kay Ivey on Monday condemned the act and apologized to Wallace, a native of Mobile, calling the 26-year-old "one of us". However, he did make a statement on Twitter about the troubling situation regarding Wallace.
But Monday's race seemed to take the new focus to greater, more meaningful lengths and showed more than just NASCAR officials are on board with creating an inclusive circuit.