NASCAR

Trump's Daytona: NASCAR fans revved for presidential visit


When Trump arrives Sunday at Daytona International Speedway to deliver the command for drivers to start their engines, the race's grand marshal might as well be at one of his campaign rallies.


One guy standing in a food line wore a T-shirt with Trump's image superimposed over a "Sons of Anarchy" homage, tattooed arms folded and smiling as part of the 2020 MAGA Chapter.


He has tangled with some of the biggest names in sports over social justice protests during the national anthem, racial issues and White House visits for champions.


Auto racing is a completely different ballgame: Trump has hosted previous NASCAR champions at the White House and last October awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to motorsports giant Roger Penske.


Later that summer, then-candidate Trump was critical of Mexican immigrants and Marcus Lemonis, the Lebanese CEO of the title sponsor of NASCAR's Truck Series, lashed out at the remarks.


Had Trump toured the track this weekend, he might have spotted one driver in NASCAR's second-tier series in a Trump/Pence 2020 paint scheme: Joe Nemechek's Chevrolet was sponsored by The Patriots PAC of America.






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