NASCAR and its tracks ask fans to stop displaying Confederate flag

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2007, file photo, a Confederate flags fly in the infield as cars come out of turn one during a NASCAR auto race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. NASCAR is backing South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds in the wake of a massacre at a Charleston church, it said in a statement Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Though NASCAR bars the use of the flag in any official capacity, many fans fly the flag at their races.  (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2007, file photo, a Confederate flags fly in the infield as cars come out of turn one during a NASCAR auto race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. NASCAR is backing South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds in the wake of a massacre at a Charleston church, it said in a statement Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Though NASCAR bars the use of the flag in any official capacity, many fans fly the flag at their races. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (NBC SPORTS) – NASCAR asked its fans to refrain from displaying the Confederate Flag at its race, releasing a statement Thursday signed by tracks that host the Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck series.

The statement comes the day after Daytona International Speedway announced it would offer a flag exchange as it prepares to host Sunday’s Coke Zero 400. Track president Joie Chitwood said fans wouldn’t be banned from having the Confederate flag in the infield this weekend.

Last weekend, NASCAR Chairman Brian France said the sanctioning body would go “as far as we can” to eliminate the Confederate flag from its events.

Thursday’s statement:

As members of the NASCAR industry, we join NASCAR in the desire to make our events among the most fan-friendly, welcoming environments in all of sports and entertainment.

To do that, we are asking our fans and partners to join us in a renewed effort to create an all-inclusive, even more welcoming atmosphere for all who attend our events. This will include the request to refrain from displaying the Confederate Flag at our facilities and NASCAR events.

We are committed to providing a welcoming atmosphere free of offensive symbols. This is an opportunity for NASCAR Nation to demonstrate its sense of mutual respect and acceptance for all who attend our events while collectively sharing the tremendous experience of NASCAR racing.”

SIGNATURES:

International Speedway Corporation (ISC) Auto Club Speedway
Chicagoland Speedway Darlington Raceway
Daytona International Speedway Homestead-Miami Speedway
Kansas Speedway Martinsville Speedway
Michigan International Speedway Phoenix International Raceway
Richmond International Raceway Route 66 Raceway
Talladega Superspeedway Watkins Glen International
Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI) Atlanta Motor Speedway
Bristol Motor Speedway Charlotte Motor Speedway
Kentucky Speedway Las Vegas Motor Speedway
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sonoma Raceway
Texas Motor Speedway Dover International Speedway
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pocono Raceway
Iowa Speedway Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Road America Eldora Speedway
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Gateway Motorsports Park

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