The FBI issued a statement Tuesday evening that no federal crime has been committed, and that nobody could have known which garage Wallace would be assigned to ahead of the Geico 500.
“After a thorough review of the facts and evidence surrounding this event, we have concluded that no federal crime was committed,” U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent Johnnie Sharp Jr. said in a joint statement.
“The decision not to pursue federal charges is proper after reviewing all available facts and all applicable federal laws. We offer our thanks to NASCAR, Mr. Wallace, and everyone who cooperated with this investigation,” the joint statement concluded.
NASCAR released a statement, confirming that the noose found in Wallace’s garace was actually a rope that “fashioned like a noose.”
“We appreciate the FBI’s quick and thorough investigation and are thankful to learn that this was not an intentional, racist act against Bubba,” NASCAR said.