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Ray Ciccarelli Flickr: Zach Catanzareti; AP Photo/Terry Renna
Flickr: Zach Catanzareti ; AP Photo/Terry Renna

NASCAR driver Ray Ciccarelli announced Wednesday that he would be leaving the sport at the end of the season, moments after NASCAR banned the Confederate flag from all events and properties.

In a since-deleted Facebook post, the 50-year-old part-time driver in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series claimed that his decision to quit stemmed from the “direction NASCAR is headed.”

Well its been a fun ride and dream come true but if this is the direction Nascar is headed we will not participate after 2020 season is over , i don’t believe in kneeling during Anthem nor taken ppl right to fly what ever flag they love. I could care less about the Confederate Flag but there are ppl that do and it doesn’t make them a racist all you are doing is f—ing one group to cater to another and i ain’t spend the money we are to participate in any political BS!! So everything is for SALE!!

NASCAR’s Confederate flag ban came two days after NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace appeared on CNN to speak out against the flying of the Confederate flag at NASCAR events. On Wednesday night’s Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway, Wallace drove Richard Petty Motorsports’ No. 43 Chevrolet with a “Black Lives Matter” paint scheme.

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Ray Ciccarelli NASCAR Career

Ray Ciccarelli, an Ellicott City, Maryland native, began his professional racing career in the ARCA Racing Series, driving part-time from 2014-2016 for such racing teams as Carter 2 Motorsports, Kimmel Racing, Hamilton-Hughes Racing, and Hixson Motorsports.

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In 2017, Ciccarelli started Ciccarelli Racing. That same year, Ciccarelli made his Truck Series debut in the Eldora Dirt Derby. Driving the No. 10 truck for Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing, he finished 22nd. After acquiring trucks, equipment, and owner points from the closed Premium Motorsports No. 49 Chevrolet Silverado truck in 2019, Ciccarelli restarted his own racing team under the name CMI Motorsports (Ciccarelli Moving & Installation).

With 18 Truck Series races run over the course of his career, Ciccarelli racked up one top-10 finish.

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