NASCAR track operators ask fans to refrain from displaying Confederate flags

Image courtesy of @NASCARONFOX.
Image courtesy of @NASCARONFOX.

Image courtesy of @NASCARONFOX.

In a continued effort to eliminate the Confederate flag from NASCAR-sanctioned events, the track operators released a statement asking fans to refrain from bringing the flags to races.

All tracks from the International Speedway Corporation and Speedway Motorsports Inc. signed off on the statement. Other tracks like Gateway Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway and Eldora Speedway—which host NASCAR events at the Xfinity or Trucks level—were also accounted for in the statement.

The decision to release the statement comes just days after Daytona International Speedway opened up a flag exchange program for fans. Here’s a look at the full statement from the track operators.

“As members of the NASCAR industry, we join NASCAR in the desire to make our events among the most fan-friendly, welcoming environments in all of sports and entertainment.

“To do that, we are asking our fans and partners to join us in a renewed effort to create an all-inclusive, even more welcoming atmosphere for all who attend our events. This will include the request to refrain from displaying the Confederate Flag at our facilities and NASCAR events.

“We are committed to providing a welcoming atmosphere free of offensive symbols. This is an opportunity for NASCAR Nation to demonstrate its sense of mutual respect and acceptance for all who attend our events while collectively sharing the tremendous experience of NASCAR racing.”

SIGNATORIES

    International Speedway Corporation (ISC)

    Auto Club Speedway

    Chicagoland Speedway

    Darlington Raceway

    Daytona International Speedway

    Homestead-Miami Speedway

    Kansas Speedway

    Martinsville Speedway

    Michigan International Speedway

    Phoenix International Raceway

    Richmond International Raceway

    Route 66 Raceway

    Talladega Superspeedway

    Watkins Glen International

    Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI)

    Atlanta Motor Speedway

    Bristol Motor Speedway

    Charlotte Motor Speedway

    Kentucky Speedway

    Las Vegas Motor Speedway

    New Hampshire Motor Speedway

    Sonoma Raceway

    Texas Motor Speedway

    Dover International Speedway

    Indianapolis Motor Speedway

    Pocono Raceway

    Iowa Speedway

    Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

    Road America

    Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

    Eldora Speedway

    Gateway Motorsports Park

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