When the race team of Bubba Wallace arrived at Talladega Speedway in Alabama, he was assigned to garage stall #4. After reviewing prior 2019 video of that specific garage bay, at that specific speedway; and after reviewing a picture released yesterday showing the FBI investigators on the scene; it is clear the “rope noose” in question was nothing more than a manual garage door pull-down with a hand loop tied into it.
As you can see, the portion of the rope that shows the hand loop (aka “noose”) in 2019 was cut off in 2020. The #4 garage door pull-down rope did not break, it was cut -the hand loop removed- and that’s why it is shorter. The question then becomes was this a mistaken interpretation or an intentional effort to create the appearance of targeted hate?
The answer to that question becomes clear when you look at the same rope on the adjacent stall, #5. A full picture (shown below) shows the pull-down rope on the stall next to Bubba Wallace also contained a hand loop tied into it. However, it is clear from the kinks in the rope the hand loop was untied. Likely by the same person who cut-off the “noose” on stall #4 being used by Bubba Wallace’s crew.
A review of the exact garage bay/stall video in November 2019 (race Oct ’19), six months prior to the arrival of Mr. Bubba Wallace’s team, shows the hand loop as it most likely existed when the team arrived:
That is the “hand loop” that was cut from the manual garage door rope and presented by the team of Bubba Wallace and NASCAR as evidence of a “noose”. This simple garage pull-down is what all of the racial stories have surrounded.
Again, here’s the side-by side comparison. In the 2019 picture the pull-down hand loop is present, and in the 2020 picture taken Monday (with FBI officials) it is not.
It is important to note that many manual garage doors at Talladega speedway have these ropes and hand-loops tied into them for use as pull-downs. These same pull-down ropes appear to have been purposefully mistaken for “nooses.” (see more here)
However, it’s not just Bubba Wallace and NASCAR officials driving this hoax.
To give some perspective it’s worth looking at how Auto Weekly framed a completely false racial component. Note: Matt Weaver is the Associate Motorsports Editor for Auto Week USA and Auto Week Racing:
When Mr. Weaver was confronted with the evidence that Bubba Wallace’s claim was based on a clearly fabricated or misinterpreted story, Matt Weaver immediately responded jaw-agape by saying he had asked NASCAR about the possibility of the “noose” being a simple garage door pull down rope and NASCAR confirmed to him it was not:
This presented a rather unusual scenario because it is demonstrably true the “noose” was actually a simple garage door pull down rope.
With a multi-billion NASCAR corporate identity and credibility on the line we provided even more specific evidence to Matt Weaver showing the comparison of 2019 to 2020.
When provided with the incontrovertible evidence, immediately, this happened:
Now things are really interesting; because not only is a multi-billion NASCAR credibility on the line, but so too is the credibility of a major publication, Auto Week Racing, that relies on their relationship to the auto-racing industry and NASCAR.
Either NASCAR was lying to Auto Week, or Mr. Matt Weaver from Auto Week was falsely attributing a position and denial claim to NASCAR.
After CTH presented those two scenarios to a very interested public. Mr. Weaver was forced to, well, let’s be kind, clarify his claim:
Funny how the truth cuts through the agenda of related interests.
So NASCAR President Mr. Steve Phelps doesn’t deny the “noose” was a simple garage door pull-down rope. Apparently, the previous attribution to NASCAR by Mr. Weaver was “misunderstood”…. uh huh… when the reality is Phelps “has no information on that.”
I share that dialogue exchange because it’s important to understand the scale of the multi-billion vested interests that surround this now international scandal based on accusations of fake hate; a racially driven hoax. There are lots of credibility and money at stake.
So with all of that context the big questions now surround motive. What would be the motives for the NASCAR team of Bubba Wallace to create a racially divisive hoax? What are the benefits and what would they accomplish?
Additionally, what would the motives be for NASCAR to promote a racial hoax with the intensity we have witnessed over the past two days? What would be the motive of NASCAR President Steve Phelps?
Perhaps a discussion between NASCAR President Mr. Phelps and Auto Week Racing editor Mr. Weaver will provide an answer:
[…] It’s no secret that NASCAR could begin to take on a new look come 2021. The league is anticipating schedule diversification, a revamped entitlement sponsor program and the continued evolution of television-digital rights.
And for the first time since the decline of NASCAR’s mainstream popularity began, the sanctioning body is publicly admitting what Phelps is calling a headwind — the challenges major league stock car racing will face as it looks to discover its place in modern American pop culture.
[…] “The relationships we have with NBC is incredible, so we entered into a joint advertising with them that allows us to be in more places with the same voice. There are a lot of incredibly positive things happening on the quote business side of NASCAR.”
[…] “We do know that the race-day experience or the race-day weekend is really important, so we’re working with our tracks to have them understand that, and we need to reinvent what I would call the event promotion and what that looks like. And that gets back to a collaboration effort which we are going to see to between our racetracks, NASCAR, our broadcast partners and our teams and drivers in order to promote this sport in a way we haven’t in the past.” (read more)
With a NASCAR goal to “discover its place in modern American pop culture” what better way to “promote this sport in a way we haven’t in the past”, than to go in search of a new audience. Perhaps the social justice community.
What would be the fastest way to engage a new “pop culture” audience? Perhaps, just perhaps…
Here’s another alarming part. Not a single driver or race crew could point out that all of this nonsense was created over a garage door pull-down rope tied into a loop? Those “nooses” are clearly visible in a bunch of NASCAR garage bays.
Is that level of willful blindness the result of a herd mentality where everyone knows the problem, but the false narrative has been pushed so hard that no-one wants to be ‘that guy’ who points out the obvious.
Is the racial sensitivity and peer pressure that strong in NASCAR?
Keep in mind the FBI responded to this hate hoax almost immediately; and yet what should have been, at best, outlined as a misunderstanding & solved in minutes has been allowed to drag out through the media for days…. while a toxic racial narrative is driven.
MEDIA – […] The racing organization said there is no place for racism in NASCAR and that the incident “only strengthens our resolve to make the sport open and welcoming to all.”
In addition, the US Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Alabama, FBI and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division are reviewing the incident, US Attorney Jay E. Town said in statement.
“Regardless of whether federal charges can be brought, this type of action has no place in our society,” Town said.
A source with Richard Petty Motorsports told CNN that Wallace never saw the noose. A member of his team discovered it and immediately brought it to NASCAR’s attention, the source said. (more)
Pathetic. “The more he spoke of his honor, the faster we counted the spoons.”