The Greensboro News & Record broke that the owner of 311 Speedway Mike Fulp posted a Facebook ad for ‘Bubba Rope,’ or nooses. Fulp’s decision to sell this racist product was fueled by the racist attack against NASCAR’s only full-time Black driver Bubba Wallace. Days prior, Wallace announced he had discovered a noose in his garage at Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway, the News & Record reports.
About a week ago, 311 Speedway owners organized a race in an attempt to send a message to Governor Cooper. It drew such a sparse crowd that the gathering was fewer than 25 people “despite a live band and a free cheeseburger and fries with a ticket purchase,” the Associated Press notes.
Still, members of the crowd who did assemble were touting Dan Forest campaign signs and wearing t-shirts, demonstrating support for Lt. Governor Dan Forest’s candidacy for governor. The News & Observer reports, “Campaign signs for Cooper’s Republican opponent this fall, N.C. Lt Gov. Dan Forest, were displayed at Saturday’s 311 protest.”
Does Dan Forest denounce so-called ‘Bubba Rope’? Will he tell his supporters this racism and hate will not be tolerated in North Carolina?
Forest has made small race tracks a centerpiece of his campaign for Governor, raising funds to pay for the legal costs of Ace Speedway in Alamance County after a judge found that the owners violated the mass gatherings order and even paying to wrap a stock car at the Orange County Speedway with his campaign logo.
Take a look:
Dan Forest Campaign Signs at 311 Speedway
Mike Fulp, 311 Speedway Owner, in Dan Forest T-Shirt
Fulp’s Facebook Post Indicating Support for Forest
Fulp’s Facebook Post Encouraging Racegoers to Bring Dan Forest Signs
311 Speedway has a history of hate. While it’s true that the speedway is located on US-311, its name has been rumored to be a tongue-in-cheek reference to the KKK. Though the Confederate flag is now banned at NASCAR tracks, it is still “flying high” at 311. The owner posted on his Facebook page last week, “White Lives Matter.”