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Brandon (Yes, That One) Would Like a Word
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Brandon (Yes, That One) Would Like a Word

NASCAR driver-turned-meme would rather focus on cars than politics

(Newser) - Even people unfamiliar with NASCAR know his name, or at least his first one. Brandon Brown is the 28-year-old driver who inadvertently became a political meme in October when his name turned into a slogan for opponents of President Biden. He's the "Brandon" of "Let's Go...

NASCAR Doesn't Want Anything to Do With 'Let's Go, Brandon'

President Steve Phelps seeks to distance company from political phrase criticizing President Biden

(Newser) - "Let's go, Brandon," an anti-Biden catchphrase , has caught fire in recent weeks in conservative circles. But one big company is now trying to distance itself, with a warning. "It's an unfortunate situation," NASCAR President Steve Phelps said Friday of the slogan, per the AP...

He's Just the 2nd Black NASCAR Driver to Do This

Bubba Wallace wins a race at the Cup Series level

(Newser) - The hard part wasn't dodging his way around a crash and then driving to the front of the field at Talladega Superspeedway. That was just instinct for Bubba Wallace. The challenge was the 45 minutes after Wallace took the lead, when the sky opened and he anxiously sat in...

Cops: Ex-NASCAR Driver Shot Dead After Attacking Wife

John Townley attacked Laura Townley, another man with hatchet, police say

(Newser) - Former NASCAR driver John Townley was shot dead in Georgia on Saturday night—but no charges have been filed against the alleged shooter. Police say the 31-year-old turned up at a home in Athens and attacked ex-wife Laura Townley and another man with a hatchet, NBC reports. The other man,...

Ex-NASCAR Driver Eric McClure Dead at 42
Ex-NASCAR Driver
Eric McClure
Dies at 42

Ex-NASCAR Driver Eric McClure Dies at 42

Few details have been released, and an autopsy is pending

(Newser) - Former NASCAR driver Eric McClure died Sunday, his family and the series said. He was 42. No details were given about his death, the AP reports. McClure had posted on social media as recently as Saturday. The Washington County sheriff's office said McClure's body was sent to Roanoke,...

Michael Jordan Debuts at Daytona
Michael Jordan
Starts New Sport

Michael Jordan Starts New Sport

NASCAR season opens with groundbreaking team that has Bubba Wallace at the wheel

(Newser) - Michael Jordan enters a new arena Sunday, as co-owner of a NASCAR team in the Daytona 500. He's new to the role—having spent his formative years playing basketball and baseball—but he's surrounded by experience, WCNC reports. Denny Hamlin, the co-owner, has won Daytona three times. And...

'Horrific' Honeymoon Crash Kills Newlyweds
Newlyweds Die on
Florida Honeymoon

Newlyweds Die on Florida Honeymoon

William and Blakley Harrell were driving on Lower Matecumbe Key

(Newser) - A horrific car crash in Florida took the life of a NASCAR crew member and his new bride this week—who were on their honeymoon, no less. William "Rowdy" Harrell, 30, and his 23-year-old wife Blakley were driving Wednesday on US 1 on Lower Matecumbe Key when their Toyota...

NASCAR Driver Suspended Over Video-Game Slur to Return

Kyle Larson can resume competition next season

(Newser) - Kyle Larson can return to NASCAR competition next season following a long suspension for using a racial slur while playing a video game . He was suspended in April after he used the n-word while playing an online racing game in which viewers could follow along. He was dropped by his...

Confederate Flag Greets NASCAR Fans
Confederate Flag
Greets NASCAR Fans

Confederate Flag Greets NASCAR Fans

A plane also flew a flag reading 'Defund NASCAR'

(Newser) - Fans are trickling into Bristol Motor Speedway for Wednesday night's All-Star race in NASCAR's largest event with spectators since the coronavirus pandemic shut sports down in March. They were greeted by a plane flying over the Tennessee track that was pulling a banner of the Confederate flag, which...

NASCAR's Bubba Wallace Responds to Trump

By telling his young fans, 'Love wins'

(Newser) - Hours after President Trump claimed that Bubba Wallace, NASCAR's only black driver, should apologize for the noose "HOAX" at Talladega Superspeedway, Wallace had something to say in response. Though he framed it as a letter "to the next generation and little ones following my foot steps."...

Trump: NASCAR's Bubba Wallace Should Apologize

He says noose found in garage was 'just another HOAX'

(Newser) - After a door pull-down rope tied into a noose was found in the garage of stall of NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, fellow drivers rallied around the African-American driver , though investigators later determined it had been there for months and Wallace was not the target of a hate crime. On Monday,...

NASCAR Champ Jimmie Johnson Tests Positive for COVID

He'll miss first race of Cup career after finding out he has coronavirus

(Newser) - Jimmie Johnson was all set to race in Sunday's Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis, but he's now pulled out, for good reason: The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has contracted COVID-19. "My first priority is the health and safety of my loved ones and my teammates," the...

NASCAR Releases Image: 'The Noose Was Real'

But whether it was an attack on Bubba Wallace is uncertain

(Newser) - Declaring “the noose was real,” NASCAR officials on Thursday released a photo of the rope found in the garage stall of black driver Bubba Wallace that prompted a federal investigation, per the AP . The incident has put racism front and center for the stock car series that two...

Why Bubba Wallace Is 'Pissed'
Why Bubba Wallace Is 'Pissed'

Why Bubba Wallace Is 'Pissed'

NASCAR driver says his character is being tested

(Newser) - NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace says "people are trying to test my character" after the FBI determined that the noose in his team's garage was a door pull that had been in place for months. "I'm pissed," NASCAR's only black full-time driver told CNN '...

FBI: Noose Had Been in NASCAR Garage for Months

'This was not an intentional, racist act against Bubba,' NASCAR says

(Newser) - When a noose was found in Bubba Wallace's stall at the Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR strongly condemned the apparent hate crime and fellow drivers rallied around Wallace, the sport's only full-time African American driver. The FBI, however, now says the noose had been there for months, long before Wallace'...

Apparent Noose Found at Another Race Track

Police investigating at California's Sonoma Raceway

(Newser) - California's Sonoma Raceway says police are investigating after a "piece of twine tied in what appeared to be a noose" was found hanging from a tree. A staff member spotted the apparent noose tied to a tree behind a former administrative office on the property on Saturday, a...

'Extraordinary Act of Solidarity' From NASCAR Drivers

All 39 other drivers surround Bubba Wallace, escort his car to the front of the line before race

(Newser) - In what the AP is calling an "extraordinary act of solidarity," dozens of NASCAR drivers pushed Bubba Wallace's car to the front of the field Monday before the Talladega Superspeedway race. The day prior, a noose had been found in Wallace's stall, a shocking incident now...

This Is a 'Defining Moment' for NASCAR
This Is a 'Defining
Moment' for NASCAR

This Is a 'Defining Moment' for NASCAR

FBI investigating noose found in Bubba Wallace's stall

(Newser) - The FBI is now investigating the discovery of a noose in the stall of NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace Sunday. US Attorney Jay Town said Monday that the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division is also reviewing the Alabama incident, which NASCAR described as a "heinous act," the Charlotte ...

NASCAR 'Outraged' Over Noose in Black Driver's Stall

Bubba Wallace says racist incident will not break him

(Newser) - A noose was found in the garage stall of black driver Bubba Wallace at the NASCAR race in Alabama on Sunday, less than two weeks after he successfully pushed the auto racing series to ban the Confederate flag at its tracks and facilities. NASCAR announced the discovery late Sunday and...

NASCAR Agrees With Its Lone Black Driver on Flag

'No one should feel uncomfortable' at a race, Bubba Wallace had said

(Newser) - It's time for NASCAR to prohibit fans from waving Confederate flags at its races, said Bubba Wallace, the sport's sole black driver. On Wednesday, the organization agreed. "There should be no individual that is uncomfortable showing up to our events to have a good time with their...

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