NASCAR Releases Photo of Noose, Says Only Rope Tied as Such Across 29 Tracks



Phelps said the organization should have used the word "alleged" when they announced a noose had been found in Wallace's garage on Sunday.

"As you can see from the photo, the noose was real, as was our concern for Bubba," he said. "With similar emotion, others across our industry and our media stood up to defend the NASCAR family — our NASCAR family — because they are part of the NASCAR family too. We were proud to see so many stand up for what's right."

The NASCAR head said the organization will continue to focus on ensuring "every competitor feels safe and every guest feels welcome."

According to their statement, after the noose allegation was announced on Sunday, they asked tracks to sweep their garages from anything similar. Out of 1,684 garage stalls at 29 tracks, 11 had pull-down ropes tied into a knot, and only the one at Talladega was tied into a noose.

"Bubba Wallace and the 43 team had nothing to do with this,” Phelps said on Thursday. "I want to thank Bubba Wallace and everyone at Richard Petty Motorsports. Specifically, I want to thank Bubba for his leadership over this past three weeks."

"Bubba has done nothing but represent this sport with courage, class and dignity and he stood tall for what he believes in," he continued. "And we all need to stand with him. I know I’m going to.”

After the FBI released their findings, Wallace thanked them for the "swift" investigation.

"I think we'll gladly take a little embarrassment over what the alternatives could have been," Wallace said. "Make no mistake, though some will try, this should not detract from the show of unity we had on Monday, and the progress we've made as a sport to be a more welcoming environment for all."

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