- NASCAR’s Geico 500 race is taking place tonight at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.
- Noose found in garage stall of black driver Bubba Wallace.
- A plane spotted flying a Confederate flag over the racetrack.
NASCAR’s Geico 500 race at Talladega Superspeedway is happening tonight. It was originally scheduled for Sunday but was postponed due to bad weather. The “Dega” race will take place tonight, with Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski expected to have a real battle on the track.
Still, NASCAR news ahead of the race is not dominated by what’s going to happen inside the oval. What everyone’s talking about ahead of the race are the NASCAR racism problems the company is trying to deal with.
After Bubba Wallace’s plea, NASCAR decided to ban Confederate flags a few weeks ago. This decision was met with positive reactions across the United States. However, there have been some provocations aimed both at NASCAR and Bubba Wallace.
Noose Found in Bubba Wallace’s Garage
Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. has become an anti-racism symbol in NASCAR as his efforts resulted in the ban of Confederate flags. This decision, however, did not appease everyone, with some extremists deciding to go after Wallace.
This weekend, NASCAR’s most famous driver of African-American heritage was the victim of racial abuse when someone placed a noose in his garage. A NASCAR spokesperson said that the company is launching an investigation over the incident.
Plane Flies Confederate Flag Over Talladega Superspeedway
The event at Talladega Superspeedway is the second race to take place after the ban on Confederation flags. According to the new rules of the company, there’s no room for these flags inside the venues. However, NASCAR doesn’t have control of what’s going on outside.
Confederate flags were not seen in the stands of Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. However, people did wave them in the boulevard outside the track. A number of vehicles lined the boulevard waving the controversial flags.
An even more extreme incident happened when a plane flew over the track, towing a large Confederate flag with the inscription saying “Defund NASCAR.”
On a positive note, no incidents happened inside the venue, where about 5,000 fans were present in the stands. In normal circumstances, Talladega Superspeedway can host as many as 175,000 visitors. However, this time, NASCAR decided to limit the number of fans in the stands due to the COVID-19 worries.
Betting Odds for NASCAR’s Geico 500 Talladega Superspeedway
Despite the provocations and bad weather, the race is going to take place. The race starts at 9 p. m. (Eastern Time). Top-rated NASCAR bookmakers have released their betting odds a long time ago. According to the odds, here are the top 10 favorites for winning the race:
- Chase Elliott (+600)
- Brad Keselowski (+750)
- Joey Logano (+800)
- Denny Hamlin (+900)
- Kyle Busch (+950)
- Ryan Blaney (+1000)
- Kevin Harvick (+1000)
- Martin Truex Jr. (+1200)
- Kurt Busch (+1500)
- Alex Bowman (+1800)
*Odds taken from MyBookie.ag