Brent Nottestad, who was the golf coach at Cambridge (Wisconsin) High School, fired off a string of racially-motivated tweets at NASCAR’s lone African-American driver.
Wallace is the first, full-time black competitor in major-league, stock-car racing since Wendell Scott ran 37 races in 1971.
The Twitter battle quickly went viral as Wallace responded to the crude remarks made by Nottestad.
When word got out about the tweet feud, the 42-year-old Nottestad quickly left his job as the high school golf coach.
The story was first reported by The Cambridge News and picked up by NBCsports.com.
Wallace, who will drive the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series next season, declined further comment on the incident, as did Petty’s team.
Petty and Scott raced against each other in the Cup Series for more than a decade.
Nottestad started the rant with this tweet.
“Hey @BubbaWallace. Please quit with, ‘I’m black’ bs. You’re terrible. There are 1423 more credible drivers to get that ride than you” the tweet read. It has since been deleted.
The number 1423 is used to reference a white supremacist group based in Alabama. Nottestad later said he didn’t know the number had any racial meaning.
Wallace responded to that tweet with these remarks.
“There is only 1 driver from an African American background at the top level of our sport…I am the 1. You’re not gonna stop hearing about ‘the black driver’ for years. Embrace it, accept it and enjoy the journey.”
According to The Cambridge News, which had access to the now deleted tweets by Nottestad, he made remarks about Wallace’s recently deceased grandmother.
“Granny jan die in a police shooting?” the tweet read.
Wallace, 24, took the high road again when he replied “Wow, I feel truly sorry for your kids. Again… to have so much hate towards somebody you’ve never met. Hope your kids grow up to be the exact opposite of a father you are…”
At this point Nottestad made a public apology, but it was too little and too late since Wallace’s followers had jumped all over him with a slew of comeback tweets.
Following Nottestad’s apology, Wallace ended his replies with this message.
“You’re a smart guy? A disgusting but smart guy right? This makes you look pathetic and weak, it’s sad. You said what you meant and now worried about the repercussions.. that I pray to God will happen. Oh and my granny hopes so too”
According to various news sources, Nottestad resigned his position late last week after meeting with Cambridge High’s administration. He got the job in 2014.
“The Cambridge School District was made aware of several offensive comments made on social media by Cambridge High School boys’ golf coach, Brent Nottestad,” Cambridge superintendent Bernie Nikolay said in a statement.
“After a meeting between Mr. Nottestad and school district officials. . . Mr. Nottestad resigned his position with the district, effective immediately. As this is a personnel matter, no other statements or comments will be forthcoming from the school district.”
Petty announced Wallace as his 2018 Cup Series driver in October. Wallace will replace Aric Almirola, who will drive the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford next year.