Bubba Wallace flipped the bird on camera just before he was interviewed by Fox Sports’ Jamie Little after Sunday’s NASCAR All-Star Race.
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NASCAR is reportedly trying to find out who accessed Bubba Wallace’s radio channel following Sunday’s All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Carolina.
Motorsport.com reports someone keyed into his team’s radio channel with an offensive message.
“Go back to where you came from you a******. You’re not wanted in NASCAR,” the person said, according to the racing website.
FOX Sports NASCAR reporter Bob Pockrass confirmed that Wallace didn’t hear the statement following his runner-up finish.
“It happens occasionally that someone not with a team taps into and gets on a team’s radio since they use public frequencies,” Pockrass tweeted.
Wallace is the only Black driver competing in the NASCAR Cup Series, and he has been one of the leading voices in the sport on racial issues. He efforts were among those that led to NASCAR banning the Confederate flag at races in 2020.
NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace won’t face punishment for flipping the bird during an interview with Fox Sports on Sunday, according to a report.
NASCAR investigated but put the brakes on penalizing Wallace, Fox Sports reporter Bob Pockrass reported on Monday.
“It is NASCAR’s understanding he was gesturing to a friend and while inappropriate, it wasn’t done malicious[ly],” the NASCAR reporter wrote on Twitter.
Some reports suggested Wallace’s gesture on Fox Sports 1 was related to fans jeering him at the track or a breach on his team’s radio channel.
Wallace, the NASCAR Cup Series’ only full-time Black driver, responded to boos during his pre-race intro with mock-crying, Mediaite reported.
In 2020, a noose was found in Wallace’s garage at a track but the FBI later determined that the driver, who lobbied NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag, was not targeted for a racist attack.
The noose had been there months before Wallace used the garage and was serving as a garage-door pull-down.