Abiding by the Confederate Flag Ban Inside Talladega, Grudgingly

In the first real test of the ban, enacted this month , a reduced crowd attended a Cup Series event at Talladega Superspeedway, one of NASCAR’s most culturally Southern tracks.

Before the event, for instance, a small plane circled the speedway towing an enormous Confederate flag and a banner that read, “Defund NASCAR.”

Hundreds of cars adorned in battle flags assembled off site, then formed a two-mile caravan and drove past the track entrance in protest.

Wallace, an Alabama native, instigated the flag ban by calling for it amid protests about racial injustice in the United States and the rest of the world, after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.

Outside Talladega, at the Dixie General Store, its owner, Robert Castello, 68, sat on a porch that was surrounded by every imaginable permutation of the Confederate flag this weekend.

A caravan of drivers protested NASCAR’s banning of the Confederate flag at its races on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.Credit...Marvin Gentry/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

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