Richard Petty calls Confederate flag controversy a ‘passing fancy,’ according to report
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Richard Petty doesn’t see what all the fuss is over NASCAR’s Confederate flag controversy, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
“I think it’s a passing fancy, it will go for a week or two, everybody talks about it, then something else comes up and it will go off the board and nobody will pay any attention to it,” the NASCAR legend said, according to the paper.
The Randolph County native made the comments to the media at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, celebrating his 78th birthday.
Daytona International Speedway is celebrating this weekend with the American flag. Fans can exchange whatever flag they have for the American flag for the Fourth of July weekend.
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and NASCAR Chairman Brian France have both spoken out strongly against the Confederate flag, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
France said he wants nothing to do with the flag when it comes to the NASCAR brand.
Controversy has surrounded the Confederate flag, especially in the wake of the deadly June 17 shooting at a historically black South Carolina church that killed nine.
In South Carolina, the governor recently called for the Confederate flag to stop flying over the capitol. The governors of Virginia and North Carolina quickly declared that they would remove the flag from state license plates.
Meanwhile, several of the country’s top retailers — from Walmart to eBay and Amazon — announced they would stop selling Confederate flag merchandise.