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Confederate flag continues to fly at Kentucky Speedway

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While the Confederate flag was taken down from the ground of South Carolina’s capitol in Columbia, some people in Kentucky are keeping their flags flying high. While the Confederate flag was taken down from the ground of South Carolina’s capitol in Columbia, some people in Kentucky are keeping their flags flying high.

SPARTA, Ky. (WDRB) –- While the Confederate flag was taken down from the ground of South Carolina’s capitol in Columbia, some people in Kentucky are keeping their flags flying high.

“This is part of who we are,” said NASCAR fan Donley Gaddis. “It’s part of American history. It doesn't represent any racism whatsoever.”

Gaddis and his family are spending the week at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta for the Quaker State 400. Outside of their RV, is the Confederate battle flag.

“I don't get it,” Gaddis said. “If they take this down, is the American flag going to be next? Because it offends somebody?”

After a 14 hour debate in the South Carolina House of Representatives, the flag was taken down Friday morning but it wasn’t without much opposition.

“I don't understand their thinking at all,” Gaddis said. “You’ve got Gettysburg, I've been there. What are they going to do? Shut that down too?”

Meanwhile, NASCAR has asked fans to not display the flag at races. In fact, some racetracks are offering exchanges.

“We can exchange for an American flag. Maybe for your favorite driver, you can get that as well; or perhaps, if you want, a Kentucky Speedway flag. We can give that to you as well.,” said Kentucky Speedway spokesperson Tim Bray.

The exchange offer is open through the weekend, but so far, no one has traded in any Confederate flags.

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