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Donald Trump lashes out at NASCAR, Bubba Wallace over flag, noose incidents

Donald Trump lashes out at NASCAR, Bubba Wallace over flag, noose incidents

After a weekend spent stoking division, President Donald Trump on Monday went after NASCAR's only Black driver and criticized its decision to ban the Confederate flag at its races and venues.

Exploiting racial tensions, Trump wrongly accused Bubba Wallace of perpetrating "a hoax" after one of his crew members discovered a rope shaped like a noose in a garage stall they had been assigned to. Federal authorities ruled last month that the rope had been hanging there since at least last October and was not a hate crime. Wallace has maintained the rope had been fashioned into a noose.

"Has (at)BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX?" Trump tweeted. "That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!"

The tweet came after Trump used a pair of Independence Day speeches to dig deeper into America's divisions by accusing protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a "merciless campaign to wipe out our history." The remarks served as a direct appeal to the Republican president's political base, including many disaffected white voters, with less than four months to go before Election Day.

Wallace, an Alabama native, has taken an active role in the push for racial equality. He has worn a shirt saying "I Can't Breathe," raced with a Black Lives Matter paint scheme in Virginia and successfully lobbied for NASCAR's Confederate flag ban.

For more than 70 years, the flag was a common and complicated sight at NASCAR races. The series first tried to ban the Confederate flag five years ago but did nothing to enforce the order.

While Trump claimed NASCAR's ratings are down, they are actually up.

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Formula One driver Sergio Perez tests positive for coronavirus, will miss British Grand Prix

Formula One driver Sergio Perez tests positive for coronavirus, will miss British Grand Prix

Formula One driver Sergio Perez has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss the British Grand Prix this weekend, the racing federation announced on Twitter. 

Perez is now isolating and so are other crew members that were in close contact with the driver, according to multiple reports. Since returning amidst the pandemic, the federation has implemented a Track and Trace app that helps all participants at the race track identify who they were in close confines with. 

Drivers are not permitted to intermingle from different teams to avoid an outbreak. F1 does not believe this positive test "will have no wider impact on this weekend's event."

Perez's test result comes in the midst of a two-week break for the sport. The Hungarian Grand Prix on July 19 was the last F1 race and to that point, it was not revealed if any driver had tested positive for the virus. Only two other individuals have tested positive under Formula 1's testing system.

The Mexican driver is a part of the two-car Racing Point team and RP is expected to name a replacement driver for the event. Canadian Lance Stroll is the second primary driver for Racing Point.

Formula One came back from the COVID-19 pandemic on July 5 and has put in place strict health and safety protocols to prevent the possibility of an outbreak. 

There is no timetable on when Perez will be able to return to racing action. He enters the weekend sixth in points and has placed in a points-paying position in each of the three races this season. 

In The Loop: Holtby shows off at Caps practice, benches clear during Dodgers vs. Astros

In The Loop: Holtby shows off at Caps practice, benches clear during Dodgers vs. Astros

First up in our look around the sports world, this is not a drill hockey is back and apparently so is Braden Holtby. 

Alright let’s be honest though, did anyone really think he went anywhere? Caps fans certainly looking forward to seeing more of this next week when the NHL season resumes for real with the round robin games for the top four seeds in each conference and mini-playoff series for 16 other teams. 

Next up, we all knew this was going to happen at some point in the MLB season to the Houston Astros right? Well last night against the Los Angeles Dodgers Joe Kelly struck out Carlos Correa. A few words were exchanged. The benches cleared. The scars from the Astros' 2017 World Series win haven't healed yet in Los Angeles. And the Dodgers don't figure to forget after Houston's cheating scandal engulfed the sport this past offseason. 

Lastly, on a more serious note. Not long after the Baltimore Orioles announced the induction of Baltimore superfan Mo Gaba to the their Hall of Fame, news was released that Mo lost his battle with cancer at just 14 years old. The Baltimore Ravens posted this touching tribute to Mo showcasing his vibrant personality and kindness that influenced so many. Our prayers go out to his family and loved ones.

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