October 3, 2022
NASCAR wants to distance itself from the “Let’s go Brandon” conservative rally cry
AVONDALE, Ariz. — NASCAR denounced its association with the “Let’s go, Brandon” political cry being used across the country as an insult directed at President Joe Biden. Steve Phelps, NASCAR’s president, said Friday the top motorsports series in the United States does not want to be associated with politics "on the left or the right."Phelps…

AVONDALE (Arizona) — NASCAR has denounced its association the “Let’s go Brandon” political cry used throughout the country as an insult at President Joe Biden. President of NASCAR, Steve Phelps said that the most prestigious motorsports series in America does not want to be linked with politics, “on the left and the right.” “

Phelps stated that NASCAR would take action against illegally using its trademarks for merchandise featuring the slogan. Retired MLB star Lenny Dykstra posted this photo to Twitter of a man having breakfast in a New Jersey hotel. He was wearing a “Let’s Go, Brandon” shirt and NASCAR’s trademarked colors bars.

” We will pursue anyone (using logos) to get that stuff,” Phelps stated. “That’s unacceptable. You’re illegally using our trademarks, no matter what position we may agree with. “

Brandon Brown won the first NASCAR race of his career in October in Alabama. The Talladega Superspeedway crowd began chanting profane antisemites during Brown’s interview. It was not clear if NBC Sports reporter Kelli Stavast, who was wearing a headset, could hear what the crowd was saying during the interview, and she incorrectly told Brown the fans were cheering “Let’s go, Brandon.”

The phrase has become a rallying cry for Biden’s critics, and “Let’s go, Brandon” is now conservative code for the original vulgar chant.

“It is an unfortunate situation, and I feel sorry for Brandon, as well as Kelli,” Phelps stated. “I believe it speaks to our current state as a nation. We don’t want to be associated with politics, left or right. “

A sign reading “Let’s go Brandon” is seen on the railing during the first half of an NCAA college football game between Boston College and Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y., on Oct. 30, 2021. Joshua Bessex / AP

That’s a reversal on NASCAR’s long history of allowing political candidates to use its races as campaign stops. President Donald Trump was the honorary starter at the Daytona 500 in 2020 and the sold-out February crowd made NASCAR’s Super Bowl feel like a campaign rally until his plane flew over the Florida speedway after his command to start the engines.

Drivers and their families posed for selfies with Trump ahead of the race, and in early 2016 reigning Cup champion Chase Elliott was among a handful of drivers who attended a Georgia rally with then-NASCAR chairman Brian France in support of Trump. Many of the participants, including NASCAR’s most beloved driver, spoke on stage.

NASCAR also took aggressive positions on social justice issues in 2020 during a nationwide racial reckoning following the death of George Floyd. NASCAR banned the display of the Confederate flag at its events at the request of Bubba Wallace, its only Black full-time driver. Wallace wore an “I Can’t Breathe” shirt on pit road, and used a Black Lives Matter paint scheme for one race.

Phelps stated that NASCAR respects President Obama’s office.

“Do we like the fact that it kind of started with NASCAR and then is gaining ground out elsewhere? Phelps stated that they are not happy with this.

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