The race was postponed from Sunday due to weather. According to the statement, the FBI completed its investigation and determined that driver Bubba Wallace was not the target of a hate crime. Through video confirmed by NASCAR it was discovered the noose "was in that garage as early as October 2019".
No federal charges will be filed.
In the sport's fight to remove and erradicate racism, NASCAR has promised to find the person responsible for planting the noose in Wallace's garage.
The stock vehicle series was left reeling and angered by the racist act that came less than two weeks after it banned the Confederate flag on its properties at Wallace's urging. "This will not break me", Wallace said.
NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin's vehicle sported a new look during Monday's Talladega Superspeedway race in Alabama, The Hill reports. NASCAR did not say how it would enforce the new policy.
A host of other drivers also took to social media to express their support for the 26-year-old.
"We would have done the same investigation".
Ford has now won nine of the last 10 Cup races at Talladega, and all three Team Penske drivers have won this season. Asked whether an outsider may have gotten into the area, Phelps said such a breach would be "significant", as the track area "is limited to essential personnel" while sports leagues are contending with the coronavirus pandemic.
The discovery of the noose stunned the stock auto series as it takes an active position in a push for inclusion while distancing itself from its rocky racial history.
The stock vehicle series, founded in the South more than 70 years ago, has tried to distance itself from the flag for years at the risk of alienating a core group of its fan base.
Wallace drove a Black Lives Matter auto on June 10 at Martinsville, the same day NASCAR banned the Confederate flag from its track properties.
The drivers pushed Wallace's vehicle to the front of the field moments before the race got underway.
From there, Wallace worked his way through the junior tiers of NASCAR before making his debut in the top-flight NASCAR Cup Series in 2017, racing for Richard Petty Motorsports in their famed No.43 Ford. This week's race at Talladega, in the heart of the South, served as a test and things didn't go smoothly. Many were Black and wearing "I Can't Breathe" shirts.
"It's just been hectic, you know, carrying this weight", he said.
Blaney nipped Ricky Stenhouse Jr.at the finish line by.007 seconds for his fourth win and first since Talladega in October, albeit this time before a mostly empty venue. From Atlanta? That is so cool!