Stand by for backlash. After NASCAR revealed Wednesday it's banning the Confederate flag, driver Ray Ciccarelli followed it by saying he's quitting.
In a Facebook message announcing his retirement from racing, the 50-year-old CMI Motorsports driver said he's not upset that NASCAR has banned the Confederate flag; he's mad the organization feels it can dictate what type of flag people fly. "If this is the direction NASCAR is headed we will not participate after the 2020 season is over," Ciccarelli wrote. "i don’t believe in kneeling during Anthem nor taking people's right to fly what ever flag they love."
Ciccarelli closes the post by defending Confederate flag wavers. "I could care less about the Confederate Flag but there are people that do -- and it doesn’t make them a racist," he wrote. "All you are doing is f***ing 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!!"