NASCAR Tracks to Fans: No More Confederate Flags

People are asked not to display them
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2015 2:15 PM CDT
NASCAR Tracks to Fans: No More Confederate Flags
A Confederate flags fly in the infield of a NASCAR race.   (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

Last week, NASCAR's chief said he didn't want his sport associated with the Confederate flag. Today, the tracks on which the cars race seconded that by asking fans not to display the flag during races, reports NBC Sports. The joint statement is issued as a "request" to fans in the spirit of "providing a welcoming atmosphere free of offensive symbols." And though it's not laid down as a rule, Yahoo Sports says it amounts to one:

"If you're a fan wanting to bring in a 15-foot Confederate flag to fly on track property while at a race or are planning to use the symbol as a way to make a boisterous statement, you're likely going to be asked to not do so and possibly escorted out of the track premises. " Meanwhile, those who attend this weekend's race at Daytona speedway can exchange a Confederate flag for an American one, notes USA Today. (The Dukes of Hazzard is also caught up in the controversy.)

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