On Wednesday, NASCAR made a huge announcement regarding the Confederate flag. Then, driver Ray Ciccarelli made an announcement of his own.
Ciccarelli is a 50-year-old racer. He currently participates in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 49 Chevrolet Silverado for CMI Motorsports.
Not much longer, it would appear.
On Wednesday, NASCAR announced that it was banning the flying of Confederate flags at its races. Also Wednesday, Ciccarelli shared a message on his Facebook page indicating he will quit racing after the 2020 season:
“Well its been a fun ride and dream come true but if this is the direction Nascar is headed we will not participate after 2020 season is over, i don’t believe in kneeling during Anthem nor taken ppl right to fly what ever flag they love. I could care less about the Confederate Flag but there are ppl that do and it doesn’t make them a racist all you are doing is f****** one group to cater to another and i ain’t spend the money we are to participate in any political BS!! So everything is for SALE!! Sarah Ciccarelli”
Out of 18 career races on the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, Ciccarelli has placed in the top 10 once.
To quote Ciccarelli, “The direction NASCAR is headed” is a big deal on this day. The professional racing league announced it will from this moment forward ban the Confederate flag at its events.
If you’ve ever been to a race or seen one on television, you know this is a big deal.
NASCAR says it is banning the flying of Confederate flags at its races https://t.co/PzweLch0J0— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) June 10, 2020
In light of the Black Lives Matter movement and recent suggestions by NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, NASCAR is taking a significant turn toward humanity with this stance.
Though, it’s hardly surprising that not everybody sees it this way.