Little did Wallace know that message would spark action faster than he expected. He says, “I had sent (NASCAR President) Steve Phelps a note before going on CNN about next steps of getting rid of the flag. I didn’t have a timeline in my head but I think that (appearance) expedited the process.”
NASCAR released the following statement just a few days later:
“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. Bringing people together around a love for racing and our 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.”
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara took to Instagram to express his excitement on NASCAR’s confederate flag ban. He tweeted “I love y’all” and “When’s the next race?” to the association. NASCAR invited Alvin to last Sunday’s races decked out in Bubba Wallace merchandise.
I know a different president @stevephelps …
— Alvin Kamara (@A_kamara6) June 15, 2020
NASCAR has yet to provide details on how the monitoring of Confederate memorabilia will be handled.