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AP photo by Ben Margot / Martin Truex Jr. leads the pack through a turn during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race on June 23, 2019, in Sonoma, Calif.

SONOMA, Calif. — A makeshift noose was found hanging from a tree at Sonoma Raceway in California, and officials said they are investigating the incident.

Track president Steve Page said a "piece of twine tied in what appeared to be a noose" was found hanging from a tree Saturday behind a former administrative office, news outlets reported.

Page said the incident was under investigation by the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department. He also said he has asked staff and on-site business tenants to share any information or "any possible alternative explanation."

Sonoma, one of only a handful of road courses on which NASCAR's national series race each year, was closed over the weekend due the coronavirus pandemic.

The discovery at Sonoma, the biggest auto racing venue in the Bay Area, came before a noose was found in the garage of NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. Wallace is the only full-time Black driver currently competing in the Cup Series, stock car racing's top circuit.

Wallace has been a prominent activist in the sport and was instrumental in calling on NASCAR to ban Confederate flags at its events.

He finished 14th in Monday's race at Talladega.

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