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NASCAR truck racer Ray Ciccarelli says he’s quitting after Confederate flag ban

My take on this would be that while I don’t agree with its corporatist and often crony-capitalist economic model, NASCAR is a voluntary organization and can set any standards for participation they wish. They are legitimate is banning the Confederate flag so as not to offend their black fans just as they would be legitimate in banning “God is dead” signs so as not to offend their mostly Christian audience.

By Jesse Reed

On Wednesday, NASCAR made a huge announcement regarding the Confederate flag. Then, driver Ray Ciccarelli made an announcement of his own.

Ciccarelli is a 50-year-old racer. He currently participates in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 49 Chevrolet Silverado for CMI Motorsports.

Not much longer, it would appear.

On Wednesday, NASCAR announced that it was banning the flying of Confederate flags at its races. Also Wednesday, Ciccarelli shared a message on his Facebook page indicating he will quit racing after the 2020 season:

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