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.”
International Speedway Corporation (ISC)
Auto Club Speedway
Daytona International Speedway
Michigan International Speedway
Phoenix International Raceway
Richmond International Raceway
Route 66 Raceway
Watkins Glen International
Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI)
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Bristol Motor Speedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway
Dover International Speedway
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Gateway Motorsports Park
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