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Social justice at NASCAR's forefront as new season begins

Social justice at NASCAR's forefront as new season begins
Posted at 5:54 PM, Feb 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-13 17:54:18-05

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As a new NASCAR season begins Sunday with the Daytona 500, a new era of social consciousness has enveloped the sport.

There’s not a Confederate flag to be found at the speedway.

A large sign before an infield tunnel warns that the Stars and Bars are barred from the property, and compliance hasn't been a problem at Daytona.

Bubba Wallace is the only full-time Black racer at the national level and has been the face of NASCAR’s social justice movement.

NASCAR President Steve Phelps cited a brand tracking study that found that self-identified fans overwhelmingly supported the sanctioning body’s stance on social justice in 2020.