NASCAR confederate flag ban
Jul 1, 2017; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; A general view of an american flag flying above a confederate and President Trump flag in front of the main grandstands during the Fircracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

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

NASCAR truck racer Ray Ciccarelli shares Facebook message

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 he shared a message on his Facebook page indicating he will quit after the 2020 season:

“Well its been a fun ride and dream come true but if this is the direction Nascar is headed we will not participate after 2020 season is over , i don’t believe in kneeling during Anthem nor taken ppl right to fly what ever 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 f****** one group to cater to another and i ain’t spend the money we are to participate in any political BS!! So everything is for SALE!! Sarah Ciccarelli”

Out of 18 career races on the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, Ciccarelli has placed in the top 10 just once.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag

To quote Ciccarelli, “The direction NASCAR is headed” is a big deal this fine Wednesday. The professional racing league announced that it is from this moment forward banning the Confederate flag.

If you’ve ever been out to a race or seen one on television, you know this is a big deal.

In light of the Black Lives Matter movement and spearheaded by Bubba Wallace, NASCAR is taking a significant turn toward humanity with this stance.

Though, it’s hardly surprising that not everybody sees it this way.

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.