Plane flying Confederate flag banner, ‘Defund NASCAR’ sign flies above Talladega Superspeedway

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TALLADEGA, AL – For years, the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) has been associated with the south. Most of the tracks are in the south.

There are 27 tracks in use in NASCAR. 22 of those tracks host at least one race annually in the sports highest division of competition, the NASCAR Cup series.

Of the tracks in use, 18 races out 34 are held in locations that are considered to be southern states. 

Southern tracks in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. But the association with the sport and the south started long before most of these tracks were in existence.

NASCAR started racing in Florida in the 1940’s. The first track specific to NASCAR was built in Darlington, South Carolina. 

Equally synonymous with NASCAR has been the Confederate flag. Anyone who has ever been to a race has seen them flying on top of RV’s both in the parking lot and in the tack infield. 

NASCAR has recently banned the display of the flag in its events and in the parking lots. And there are a lot of fans that are none too happy about this move.

The street in front of the Talladega Super Speedway saw a procession of Confederate flags prior to race day for the Geico 500.

But the disdain for the decision didn’t stop there. Someone rented a plane to fly over the track towing a Confederate flag with a sign that read, “Defund NASCAR.”

One driver from the NASCAR truck series, Ray Ciccarelli, posted the following on his Facebook page: 

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