If this is the case it would not surprise me at all if Bubba and members of his crew knew all along and saying they were mistaken is their way out without stirring the pot in the way they don't want it stirred. All this stuff with Bubba has the Kap situation written all over it. When the career is going great no activism in sight but once the career is not going so well and they might lose their job they draw attention to themselves through activism.From the article, one twitter poster said, "Nascar released statement already. Bubba "mistakenly" identified a serpentine belt, commonly found in Nascar garages, as a noose. Case has already been resolved. Bubba was mistaken. And I believe it was all publicity stunt... "
Seeing as NASCAR has NOT released any such statement, I would say that the article is more accurate than speculation that the noose was a hoax.