FBI Concludes Incident At Talladega Superspeedway Not A Hate Crime; NASCAR Issues Statement

Story By: NASCAR – DAYTONA BEACH,FL – The FBI concluded Tuesday that no federal hate crime was committed last weekend targeting Richard Petty Motorsports driver Bubba Wallace at Talladega Superspeedway.

A joint statement from U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr. released Tuesday afternoon determined that a noose knot had been in Cup Series garage stall No. 4 — which had been assigned to the Petty No. 43 team last weekend — since at least last October and that no federal charges would be pursued.

After the FBI’s findings were announced, NASCAR issued a statement:

“The FBI has completed its investigation at Talladega Superspeedway and determined that Bubba Wallace was not the target of a hate crime. The FBI report concludes, and photographic evidence confirms, that the garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose had been positioned there since as early as last fall. This was obviously well before the 43 team’s arrival and garage assignment. We appreciate the FBI’s quick and thorough investigation and are thankful to learn that this was not an intentional, racist act against Bubba. We remain steadfast in our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all who love racing.”