NASCAR looks to steer clear of protests over George Floyd

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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2006, file photo, Chase Miller slides his Dodge past an old Georgia flag and a Confederate stars on bars flag during running of a NASCAR Truck series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga. NASCAR has a checkered racial history, from a long-time affinity for Confederate flags among the fan base to a driver losing his job just this season for casually uttering a racial epitaph. (AP Photo/Craig Hellman, File)

By PAUL NEWBERRY

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — NASCAR has a checkered racial history. From an affinity for Confederate flags among the fan base to a driver losing his job this season for casually uttering a racial slur, the good ol’ boys have never been known for their diversity. Maybe it’s not surprising this mostly white sport seemed hesitant to join the national outrage over the death of George Floyd. That’s a striking contrast to its rush to be the first major sport to return to action during the coronavirus pandemic. The Cup series now heads to Atlanta for its sixth race since returning from the shutdown.