NASCAR Driver Quits After Confederate Flag Ban at Races

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KANSAS CITY, KS - MAY 12: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Light Ford, and Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 REV Group Ford, lead the field during a pace lap before the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 12, 2018 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

Showed himself to the door. 😂

Following NASCAR's recent announcement that it would permanently ban the use of the Confederate Flag at all of its events, Ray Ciccarelli, a 50-year-old NASCAR Truck Series driver who's NEVER won a race, promptly quit the sport.

He called the move "political BS" and said that he doesn't support kneeling during the National Anthem either in a Facebook post.

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"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," he wrote. 

"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*cking 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!!"

Twitter commenters, including Leonard Fournette, Bradley Beal and Josh Gad, didn't hesitate to amplify the news.

According to one screenshot, NASCAR even got in on the roast.

"We actually had to Google who you were," they responded to a tweet from Ciccarelli announcing his retirement. "I'm sure your dozens of fans are real sad about your crusade to defend participation trophies."


The ban came two days after the only Black driver in NASCAR, Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr., called for the change in an interview with CNN.

Wallace also revealed a new paint design for his #43 car supporting Black Lives Matter.

"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," the association said in a statement on Wednesday.

Anyone else just become a NASCAR fan?