NASCAR made some eye-opening changes today when they announced that it has banned the display of the Confederate flag at all future races and events.
“The presence of the Confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry,” NASCAR said in a statement.
“Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sport special. The display of the Confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties.”
On top of that, NASCAR also removed guidelines that team members must stand for the national anthem, opening the way for peaceful protests during pre-race ceremonies.
For one athlete in the sport, that was just too much change for his liking.
According to a Facebook post that surfaced on Twitter, NASCAR Truck driver/owner Ray Ciccarelli says he’s leaving the sport after this season.
“I ain’t spending (sic) the money we are to participate in any political BS,” he reportedly wrote on Facebook, per John Haverlin.
The 50-year-old competes part-time in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series.