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NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace has called it quits after three seasons as a driver for Richard Petty Motorsports.

Wallace, 26, enjoyed his best season with one top 5 result and five top-ten finishes. He finished second in the 2018 Daytona 500, and 2nd at last year's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Speedway.

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The mixed-race driver was known more for his Black Lives Matter activism than for his achievements on the track. Wallace, pictured above with Richard Petty, explained his decision in a statement.

"This was not an easy decision as I have nothing but the utmost respect for Richard Petty and his family," Wallace wrote. "But I believe it's time for someone else to take over the reins of the No. 43."

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Wallace is best known for the "noose scandal" that rocked NASCAR in June. The FBI sent 15 agents to Talladega Superspeedway to investigate Wallace's "noose" that turned out to be a garage door pull.

Conservative talk radio host Wayne Dupree called Wallace "the Colin Kaepernick of NASCAR."

"...it was the "noose scandal" that put things over the top – and not even the circus-like outcome of that whole fiasco, but Bubba's rude and nasty attitude towards fans that was really cinched his place as the NASCAR villain. He even got booed on the track – well deserved, to be honest."

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The Internet is comparing NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace to disgraced actor Jussie Smollett.

Smollett, 38, is best known for allegedly orchestrating a hate crime hoax against himself in Chicago in 2019.

The FBI is investigating a racist incident in Wallace's team garage at Talladega. A noose was found hanging in the stall at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama on Sunday.

The noose was observed by a Wallace team member who works on his cars. Wallace reportedly did not see the noose.

A plethora of surveillance cameras monitor the NASCAR garage where millions of dollars worth of race cars and expensive tools are kept.

NASCAR drivers are not allowed to enter the garage before races. They must go directly from their trailers to their cars before the start of the race.

But that didn't stop rumormongers on the internet from accusing the 26-year-old Alabama native of making up the noose story.

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Wallace is the only full-time Black or biracial driver in NASCAR's elite Cup Series. He drives for team owner and NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty.

Petty supported Wallace at the track on Monday. Petty, 82, hasn't been seen at a NASCAR race since before the coronavirus pandemic.

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Drivers joined together to push Wallace's #43 Victory Junction Chevrolet along pit road to the front of the the Geico 500 field before the start of the race on Monday.

NASCAR also painted "#IStandwith Bubba" on the infield at the Talladega Superspeedway.