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Even NASCAR Wants the Confederate Flag Taken Down

An outrageously unlikely candidate joins the fight for the flag’s removal.

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In the past week, calls to take the Confederate flag down have come from a highly unexpected group of sources: Republican Governor Nikki Haley, Amazon, and everyone’s favorite superstore, Walmart. To make things even stranger, NASCAR—an organization not exactly known for its progressive politics—recently threw their name into the hat. They’re enjoining not only South Carolina, but also Darlington Raceway, home of the Sprint Cup series, to finally take down the all-too-symbolic flag.

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Why Dan Wheldon's Death Should Mean the End of Auto Racing

If there’s no way to dramatically reduce the risk of death in auto racing, it’s time to ban the wildly popular sport altogether.


Twenty-four hours before Sunday’s IndyCar World Championships in Las Vegas, star driver Dan Wheldon told USA Today he was having a rough weekend. Wheldon was irritated because his car was having trouble maintaining speed, but he pledged that his team would solve the problem before the race.

"As long as I can find some speed and keep up with the pack, I'll do everything I can to put on a show," Wheldon said.

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1,652 Solar Panels and a Herd of Sheep Can't Make a NASCAR Racetrack Green

Nice try, NASCAR, but it’s impossible for a business as carbon-hungry as high-speed racing to go green.

The Infineon Raceway, a NASCAR racetrack in California’s Sonoma Valley, has been vacuuming up praise from the environmentally-minded for its green initiatives. The raceway has a comprehensive recycling program and uses reclaimed wastewater for landscaping. It uses owls for pest-control and sheep for lawn maintenance. As part of a larger NASCAR initiative, it plants 10 trees to offset the carbon emissions of each race. It hosts races featuring electric motorbikes. Last month, the raceway announced it had swapped out the 7,000 traditional lightbulbs in a highway-side sign for 57,600 LED lights and cut the sign’s energy use in half. It also announced it had installed 1,652 solar panels, which should provide 41 percent of the raceway’s demand for electricity.

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