On June 10 NASCAR made the decision to ban the Stars and Bars of the Confederate flag at all NASCAR events and tracks after some urging from NASCAR’s only biracial driver Bubba Wallace.
In the wake of that decision, Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series owner and part time driver Ray Ciccarelli announced that he was quitting the circuit at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, he continues to field trucks in races.
At The Brickyard race last weekend in Indianapolis, Corey LaJoie ran a paint scheme supporting the current White House administration and their bid for re-election. But a pit road incident early in the race, caused enough damage to LaJoie’s car to take him out of the race with the paint scheme unviewed.
During the Truck Series race at Kentucky, Ciccarelli had a similar paint scheme on his number 49 truck driven by Tim Viens. Viens got into a wreck on lap 18 of the race, causing significant damage to the truck. Viens finished the weather shortened race in 35th with truck owner Ciccarelli in 32nd.
An expensive sport, team owners depend on sponsorships to pay for the cars and trucks. And primary sponsorships for a NASCAR vehicle can cost millions of dollars.
Reports are that the PAC for the re-election has paid Go Fas Racing over $350,000 to sponsor Corey LaJoie’s car.
In a Facebook post Ciccarelli’s wife Sarah said, “well it’s been a fun ride and dream come true but if that is the direction NASCAR is headed we will not participate after the 2020 season is over. I don’t believe in kneeling during anthem nor taken [sic] 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!! ”
The post has since been deleted.
Most recently NASCAR has been the target of presidential tweets over his displeasure of the flag ban and attacking Richard Petty Motorsports driver Bubba Wallace.