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NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt Jr. calls Confederate flag "offensive to an entire race," supports ban

  • FILE - In this Sept. 3, 1962, file photo, Junior Johnson, center, of Ronda, N.C., poses in Victory Lane with his sister, right, and Ginger Pointevint, Miss Sun Fun U.S.A., as man dressed as a Confederate soldier holds a Confederate flag, after Johnson won the 13th Annual Southern 500 auto race at the Darlington International Raceway in Darlington, S.C. NASCAR  backed South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call this week to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds in the wake of the Charleston church massacre. Though NASCAR now bars the use of the flag in any "official capacity," they are as easy to find at NASCAR races as cutoff jeans, cowboy hats, and beer. (AP Photo/Perry Aycock, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 3, 1962, file photo, Junior Johnson, center, of Ronda, N.C., poses in Victory Lane with his sister, right, and Ginger Pointevint, Miss Sun Fun U.S.A., as man dressed as a Confederate soldier holds a Confederate flag, after Johnson won the 13th Annual Southern 500 auto race at the Darlington International Raceway in Darlington, S.C. NASCAR backed South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call this week to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds in the wake of the Charleston church massacre. Though NASCAR now bars the use of the flag in any "official capacity," they are as easy to find at NASCAR races as cutoff jeans, cowboy hats, and beer. (AP Photo/Perry Aycock, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 26, 1997, file photo, race fans huddle against a bitter wind at the Talladega Superspeedway  during the rain-delayed NASCAR Busch series auto race in Talladega, Ala. NASCAR  backed South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call this week to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds in the wake of the Charleston church massacre. Though NASCAR now bars the use of the flag in any "official capacity," they are as easy to find at NASCAR races as cutoff jeans, cowboy hats, and beer. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

    FILE - In this April 26, 1997, file photo, race fans huddle against a bitter wind at the Talladega Superspeedway during the rain-delayed NASCAR Busch series auto race in Talladega, Ala. NASCAR backed South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call this week to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds in the wake of the Charleston church massacre. Though NASCAR now bars the use of the flag in any "official capacity," they are as easy to find at NASCAR races as cutoff jeans, cowboy hats, and beer. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2007, file photo, a Confederate flags fly in the infield as cars come out of turn one during a NASCAR auto race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. NASCAR  backed South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call this week to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds in the wake of the Charleston church massacre. Though NASCAR now bars the use of the flag in any "official capacity," they are as easy to find at NASCAR races as cutoff jeans, cowboy hats, and beer. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2007, file photo, a Confederate flags fly in the infield as cars come out of turn one during a NASCAR auto race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. NASCAR backed South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call this week to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds in the wake of the Charleston church massacre. Though NASCAR now bars the use of the flag in any "official capacity," they are as easy to find at NASCAR races as cutoff jeans, cowboy hats, and beer. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)  (The Associated Press)

NASCAR's most popular driver is calling the Confederate flag "offensive to an entire race" while voicing his support for it being removed from the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol.

NASCAR this week said it backs South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the Confederate flag from the State House, and said it disallows the flag symbol in any official NASCAR capacity.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he's long felt that the flag has no place in present day use.

The flag issue was heightened last week after nine people were slain at a South Carolina church and the man charged in the case was seen in photos posing with the flag.

Teammate Jeff Gordon says Hendrick Motorsports has long prohibited any merchandise that uses the Confederate flag symbol.