The National Association of Minority Race Fans will descend on Talladega Superspeedway this weekend to voice their disgust over the lack of minorities competing and working for The National Association of Stock Car Racing. It's a concern to ...
The National Association of Minority Race Fans will descend on Talladega Superspeedway this weekend to voice their disgust over the lack of minorities competing and working for The National Association of Stock Car Racing.
It's a concern to everyone in the NASCAR community, as we run at one of the most culturally Southern track on the circuit. The group is primarily protesting what they believe to be racism and prejudice within the sport of NASCAR.
The NAMRF contacted Talladega Superspeedway and the Alabama State Troopers to request the right to assemble and ask for additional security so the group can have a peaceful assembly.
Talladega Speedway officials have carved out a spot for the group west of Speedway Blvd. in line with the majority of race traffic. Police officers, however, were concerned b the conversations held with the group and the likelihood of whether or not they would stick to the allocated area.
"Conversations have not been very informative, and we have talked to two or three people," commented a spokesperson for the Alabama State Troopers.
Track officials stressed that fans planning on attending the race on Sunday try and be respectful of this group and all other individuals on the property this weekend. Clearly, the powers that be are nervous that redneck race fans and minority race fans may not be the best mix.
While understaffed due to Hurricane Ivan, the Alabama State Troopers have tried to provide as much security as possible to avoid a melee at the racetrack this weekend.
In response, NASCAR and several teams have asked their personnel not to venture into the infield this weekend for their own safety.
The NAMRF website stated this morning that they had been in contact with NASCAR and were holding off on launching full access to their website (which according to the group will be chock full of damning racial evidence against NASCAR) until talks with NASCAR are completed in regards to a "comprehensive diversity plan". It goes on to say "that if these talks break down for any reason they will continue the countdown to launch their website". Currently, the clock is frozen at 2 hours, 19 minutes.
The site also stated that they demonstration at Talladega would continue as planned.