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NASCAR bans confederate flag at all future events as fans prepare to return

NASCAR is making a significant change for fans moving forward. No more confederate flags.

A general view of racing during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2017 in Homestead, Florida. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images

NASCAR made a rather large move on Wednesday in light of Black Lives Matter protests across the country. The organization formally banned the display of the confederate flag at all NASCAR events and properties.

NASCAR has a long history in the south, and fans have flown confederate flags regularly over the years. To say this is a big deal for the racing circuit is an understatement.

This comes as the sport is set to start allowing small groups of fans attend races. The organization announced on Tuesday they will have 1,000 South Florida service members as invited guests for this weekend’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Later this month, Talladega will welcome 5,000 fans in a site that holds 80,000 people just in the main grandstand.