By Nick Schwartz |
June 11, 2020 2: 00 pm
NASCAR announced on Wednesday that the display of the Confederate flag will be prohibited at all NASCAR events and properties, meaning fans will no longer be able to fly the racist symbol at races. The move was met with praise by many NASCAR superstars – but one part-time Truck Series driver has announced he’s leaving the sport over the decision.
50-year-old driver Ray Ciccarelli, who has competed primarily in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series in recent years, posted on Facebook that he will not race following the 2020 season, and slammed NASCAR for “ one group to cater to another.”
“If this is the direction Nascar is headed we will not participate after the 2020 season is over , I don’t believe in kneeling during Anthem nor taken ppl right to fly whatever flag they love. I could care less about the Confederate Flag but there are ppl that do and it doesn’t make them a racist all you are doing is one group to cater to another.”
Ciccarelli has not started any Truck Series event this season after failing to qualify for the NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona, but he is still listed on NASCAR’s entry list for this Saturday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 18 career starts dating back to 2017, Ciccarelli has one top-ten finish, a ninth at Michigan last season.
: Ciccarelli told WJZ TV’s Logan Reigstad that he had planned to retire, but that NASCAR’s decision to ban the Confederate flag solidified his decision.
Ciccarelli isn’t exactly a known figure, even among NASCAR fans, but news of his announcement went viral on Thursday – and Twitter users roasted him.