Richard Petty to make appearance at Talladega to offer support for Bubba Wallace

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Talladega Superspeedway will be home of the return of "The King" on Monday.

Richard Petty will make his return to a NASCAR race on Monday in a show of support for Bubba Wallace, who drives the No. 43 car for Petty Motorsports.

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Wallace, NASCAR's only Black driver, was the victim of an unjust racial act, when a noose was discovered in his garage at Talladega. The Talladega County Sheriff's Office handed the case over to the FBI, which would handle any criminal investigation.

MORE: NASCAR condemns "jackass" who flew Confederate flag over Talladega

NASCAR has moved progressively over the past few weeks, including the banning of the Confederate flag at all race venues and NASCAR events.

Petty's reappearance is the latest in a show of support for Wallace from NASCAR drivers and other athletes in the sports world, including Jimmie Johnson and hoops superstar LeBron James.

Petty, 82, will make his first appearance at a race since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of NASCAR and the greater sports world. NASCAR returned May 17.

Earlier in June, Petty Motorsports made it clear it stood with Wallace amidst the Black Lives Matter movements and civil protests around the country.

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