The crash led to a surprise winner in the race: 100-to-1 longshot Michael McDowell.
Emails and other documents reveal some of those who were ― and weren't ― asked to weigh in before a massive crowd came to the state in July.
The only Black driver in NASCAR's top series said a move by Michael McDowell caused the crash and was "just disrespect."
The president "can't say whether he supports flying a flag associated with treason and supporters of slavery," reporter Yamiche Alcindor noted.
President Donald Trump lashed out at the NASCAR driver, falsely claiming that a noose found in his racetrack garage was a “hoax.”
Authorities made no accusations whatsoever about a hoax. That didn't stop Trump from asking Wallace to apologize.
"The noose was real, as was our concern for Bubba (Wallace),” NASCAR President Steve Phelps said.
“I’m mad because people are trying to test my character and the person that I am and my integrity," NASCAR's only top-level Black driver told CNN's Don Lemon.
An investigation showed that a rope tied to look like a noose had been in Garage No. 4 of Talladega Superspeedway since at least October 2019.
The show of support comes after a noose was found in Wallace’s garage stall on Sunday.