Bubba Wallace walks through the pits prior to the start of the NASCAR Cup Series at the Talladega Superspeedway on Monday.John Bazemore/Associated Press
A crew member for Richard Petty Motorsports discovered the rope Sunday at the Alabama race track. NASCAR was alerted and contacted the FBI, which sent 15 agents to the track to investigate. They determined no federal crime was committed.
The agencies said the evidence did not support federal charges. NASCAR said a check of every other stall in the garage showed the one for Wallace’s car was the only one in which the pull-down rope had been fashioned into a noose.
The statement said the garage stall was assigned to Wallace last week in advance of the race scheduled for Sunday but held Monday because of rain. Through video confirmed by NASCAR it was discovered the noose “was in that garage as early as October 2019.”
Meanwhile, across the country, investigations by Sonoma Raceway officials and the Sonoma County (Calif.) Sheriff are underway after a “piece of twine tied in what appeared to be a noose” was found “hanging from a tree” on the property.
Richard Petty poses for a selfie with driver Bubba Wallace prior to the start of Monday’s race.John Bazemore/Associated Press
The noose was hanging from a tree behind what formerly was an office at the track and was found Saturday, the day before the door-pull rope was found at Talladega.
“A Sonoma Raceway staff member discovered a piece of twine tied in what appeared to…