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Kentucky Speedway supports NASCAR’s ban of the Confederate flag

(Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)

(Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Kentucky Speedway is in complete support of NASCAR’s decision to ban Confederate flags at their racing events.

After NASCAR announced the ban Wednesday, Kentucky Speedway came forward with a statement of their own on the matter.

“I think it’s step in the right direction, it’s one that we support and I’m looking forward to implementing it,” said Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger, via WLKY. “Our whole deal is to have big events that the family can enjoy, and if we have symbols there that are offensive, they need to be removed so everybody can enjoy it.

“It’s going to a better for everybody. It’s going to be a better environment for everyone.”

NASCAR made the decision to ban use of Confederate flags at their events amid nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice following George Floyd’s death on May 25.

“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,” NASCAR said in a statement. “Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sport special. The display of the Confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties.”

Bubba Watson, NASCAR’s only black driver, said there is no place for the Confederate flag in the sport and called for it to be banned. He then drove a Black Lives Matter car wearing an “I CAN’T BREATHE” shirt during Wednesday night’s race at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.

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Last week, Kentucky Speedway announced that the Quaker State 400 will take place on Sunday, July 12 at 2:30 p.m. as part of a quadruple NASCAR National Series race weekend. The Kentucky 200 and Alsco 300, both part of the Xfinity Series, will take place Thursday and Friday nights, July 9 – 10, and the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 will move to Saturday, July 11. All four races will take place without spectators in attendance and broadcast on FS1, PRN or MRN/Sirius XM Nascar Radio.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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17 Comments for Kentucky Speedway supports NASCAR’s ban of the Confederate flag

  1. secrick
    12:11 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

    What a bunch of cry babies.

    • nocode96
      12:19 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

      You guys lost, get over it traitor.

    • Mike Honcho
      12:41 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

      Nothing gets Republicans hornier than treason

    • NOLAcat
      1:10 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

      Let me know when you bozos are ready to round up the posse and go hang these clowns in Seattle for treason.

      God forbid one of those clowns should go on to cure cancer… his statue will never stand a chance!

  2. BigBlueFoo42777
    12:37 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

    So what happens when 20 thousand people show up with a flag

  3. Buffalo Cat
    1:46 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

    Welcome to the 21st Century, where the treasonous Confederates still lost. I guess they could not erase that part of their “heritage.”

  4. jaws2
    4:44 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

    I’m really curious as to when the hypocrites that support removing historical pieces are going to start demanding that all of the original founders of this great nation HAVE to be removed as well. Hell, if you’re going to continue then demand ALL IN! How about starting with the left’s hero Sen. Byrd of Virginia. Get rid of his statue AND rename his highway. You know, the Exalted Cyclops of the VA. KKK. Or, what are you guys going to rename YALE University? You know, the one named after Eli Yale. Not only a slave OWNER but one of America’s largest slave TRADERS! It’s how he made his fortunes!
    If we’re going here, you’d better come up with a new name for the Democrat party. You know, the one’s that enriched their lives in the South in the slave trade and enforced Jim Crow laws. Yep, those guys. How about the last holdout in the US Senate for the Civil Rights Act of America!
    The Democrat Party has led led the charge in keeping minorities down from the beginning of slavery in America.

  5. jaws2
    5:56 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

    Sorry, that last holdout was Al Gore Sr! You know, the inventor of the Internets and environmental $$$Billionaires DADDY!

  6. Jambluehue99
    7:09 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

    For most people who fly a confederate flag it has nothing to do with racism, slavery, or the civil war. While it’s understandable that people are quick to link the flag with those things, it doesn’t mean everyone who has a confederate flag is a racist. Unfortunately most people don’t have strong enough critical thinking skills to understand such reasoning. Ironically those that immediately condemn the confederate flag are quick to defend radical groups such as BLM, ANTIFA, etc. However, if someone watches the Dukes of Hazard they are racist. But then again we have stopped judging people by their actions and their character, and instead marginalize entire segments of the population based on manufactured offense in the name of political correctness. Those that claim to want a color blind society look for it at every turn. Those that supposedly want equality for all are all too willing to destroy their neighbor in the name of equality. It will never end. Someone will always be offended by something. The perpetually offended will never be satisfied. The sad part is the ones who are quick to tear down monuments, ban flags, and insists on conformity of thought, will scream the loudest when they finally get their way and the monster they are help creating eats them alive. America allows free speech. What will replace her likely will not. As we tear apart what has taken 250 years to build, maybe we should stop and think what will take its place. If only we weren’t too busy being offended.

    • satcheluk
      5:48 am June 13, 2020 Permalink

      I’ve never met someone who waves a rebel flag who isn’t a racist. Never.

    • Jambluehue99
      8:03 am June 13, 2020 Permalink

      How many have you met and how did you determine they are racist? And the fact that they have a confederate flag can’t be the answer.

    • TPACAT
      12:06 pm June 13, 2020 Permalink

      Bravo. 110% correct. But, sadly, you are correct; those perpetually offended don’t possess the reasoning skills required to see it…

  7. Ready4Nine
    8:22 am June 13, 2020 Permalink

    Note that JamBlue says the confederate flag doesn’t necessarily represent racism, slavery or the civil war, but doesn’t offer any alternative representation for what it signifies…and don’t give me that southern pride BS. We all know the derogatory impact of black people seeing that image is unequivocal…and that *should* be all we need to know to be decent human beings.

    • Jambluehue99
      10:52 am June 13, 2020 Permalink

      Again, you offer no proof. Just baseless arguments based in stereotypes. I’ll wait for your response.

    • TPACAT
      12:10 pm June 13, 2020 Permalink

      Get ‘em, Jamblue. When it comes down to it, they can’t argue a salient point because they get so twisted up in their politically correct circular logic…

  8. Ready4Nine
    7:52 pm June 13, 2020 Permalink

    Proof of what? I’m simply asking for an understanding of the reason for waving the flag. What significance does it possibly hold that it is worth offending a large part of the population? It just seems senseless unless the symbol carries some sentimental value that is so overwhelming and important that it overrides common decency and respect for your fellow Americans.

    • Jambluehue99
      8:58 pm June 13, 2020 Permalink

      Does anyone owe you an explanation of why they want to fly any particular flag? Does anyone have a right to be offended? Does that offense limit someone’s freedom of speech simply because you determine their motives are immoral and they offend you? I am simply asking for proof that flying a confederate flag makes someone racist. That it might offend someone based and your application of a stereotype is not proof. That it may or may not hold any significance is irrelevant. Why does a piece of cloth with certain patterns automatically make someone a racist? It is a simple question that no one seems to be able to answer with anything other than PC nonsense.