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1712, 16 Feb 20

Trump Opens the NASCAR Season

Awesome. Some folks will deride Trump’s style, but he is meeting Americans where they are – not just at political events and through the snobby media, but at NASCAR races, football games, and WWE events. This is part of Trump’s appeal.

(CNN)President Donald Trump on Sunday welcomed NASCAR fans to the start of this year’s Daytona 500 with a lap around the Florida race track in his presidential limousine.

“There is no greater thrill than to join you at the world center of racing for the 62nd Daytona 500 — so exciting,” Trump said in opening remarks to the crowd.
“To all of the drivers, technicians and pit crews here today, good luck and may the best team win. God bless you, God bless our military, God bless our veterans and God bless America. Have a great race.”
Trump also thanked Gold Star families, who were in attendance at the race, “whose loved ones made the supreme sacrifice to honor our freedom and our flag.”
“Your fallen warriors will live in our hearts forever,” he said, before thanking new military enlistees who “took a solemn oath to put their lives on the line for our country.”
A portion of the presidential motorcade took a lap around the track before pulling aside just before the start of the race. The first couple was riding the car known as “The Beast.”
Trump also served as the Grand Marshal, commanding: “Gentlemen, start your engines.” He is the second American president to do so, behind George W. Bush who attended the Daytona 500 in 2004.
Multiple people associated with NASCAR, manufacturers and race teams made versions of the same joke repeatedly over the past two days, saying that “it’s starting to feel more like a race is breaking out at a Trump rally than the other way around.”

1712, 16 February 2020


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Liberal heads exploded with Air Force One flyover.

    Trump just knows how to do president well!

  2. Pat

    “ Trump just knows how to do president well!”

    Yup, bigly.

  3. jjf

    White males, right?

  4. Kevin Scheunemann


    Everyone is free to attend NASCAR.

    Why do you want to make it a Democrat Klan meeting like 1924 convention?

    Republicans oppose segregating events by skin color.

  5. Merlin

    Good on Trump! New legends were born within the Air Force and Secret Service yesterday. The flyby and pace car stories will live on long after Trump is gone.

  6. Mar

    Obviously, jjf has never been to a NASCAR race, otherwise he would not have made such a bigoted and racist comnent.
    Having been to several races in Vegas. There is a healthy mix of white, black, and Hispanics. And women make up about 40% of the audience.
    I bet jjf believes that black males are the only ones who attend NBA basketball games.

  7. Le Roi du Nord

    And in typical trump fashion, the original flyover picture used was from 2004. Gotta stroke that ego.

  8. jjf

    Mar, depends on how you define a fan, I guess.  Feel free to google the actual demographics as estimated or measured by the marketing people selling stuff to the fans, and tell me how I’m right or wrong.

    Or maybe you can explain what Owen really means by “Americans where they are.”

  9. Merlin

    How’d that evil Trump convince NASCAR to hold a race at one of his rallies? Maybe Bloomie can buy Talladega.

  10. Mar

    63% are male and 20 of the audience are minorities.
    So, jjf, will apologize for your racist and bigoted comment?
    And Owen probably means President Trump goes where the large crowds are. Super Bowl, NCAA football championship, Daytona 500 etc.

  11. Mar

    Le ROI, you have evidence for your moronic statement?

  12. Le Roi du Nord


    it was all over multiple news sites this morning. A highly educated guy like you could look it up.

  13. Mar

    I tried but I could not locate Ranger Rick on the internet.
    So, please provide alink.

  14. Merlin

    If it weren’t for archive file photos and footage media outlets wouldn’t have much of anything to accompany their daily commentary. Too bad there isn’t as much outraged insistence that news outlets always produce live, original content for their daily reporting as there is for Trump’s political campaign people. More of those rules for thee but not for me, I guess.

    That 2004 shared file photo of Dubya’s Air Force One departing DAB is still photography gold. It’s just a great shot.



  15. Le Roi du Nord


    It was even on fox.  It took me seconds. Try harder.

  16. Mar

    It wasn’t on Fox but on CNN. And was a campaign manager, nothing official.
    Nice try, though Le Roi.

  17. Kevin Scheunemann


    So making NASCAR fans into racists, when they are not….is that strategy working for you?

  18. Le Roi du Nord

    It was on fax here, looked it up again.

    So his campaign isn’t official?

    You are  making excuses for the inexcusable.

  19. jjf

    Is that the only estimate you found, Mar, or were their others?

  20. jjf

    “According to the study, nationwide NASCAR fans can be described as predominately males (78%), married (73%), with an average age of 42 years, who owns a home (81%), with 3.4 cars per household. The median household income range is between $35,000 and $50,000 and almost all are employed full time (87%). Some of this may be contradictory to NASCAR’s internal data that includes a higher ratio of females, but, according to Bill Doyle, RaceStat’s project coordinator, “NASCAR’s figures are typically collected on-site (at the races), showing higher percentages of females. Although this information is correct for those attending races, it does not accurately describe the comprehensive audience nationwide which provide a greater number of “occasional or moderate” male NASCAR fans.”

  21. Le Roi du Nord

    Excuse me, “fox”.

  22. Mar

    jjf, if you read the bottom, the numbers are not on site but are considered fans.
    The track attendance is what we were talking about.

  23. jjf

    Mar, if you read the last sentence, it says “male” right?  And if we dig deeper, I should also add “southern,” right?

  24. Mar

    Nice try jjf, but your racism and your bigotry really is showing.
    I suggest you go to a race at Chicagoland or Elkhart Lake and see how wrong you are.

  25. Kevin Scheunemann


    Even if the whole crowd is white males, why do you judge their skin color?

    That makes you an awful, disgusting racist to judge people purely on skin color without knowing them.

    Awful racism. Just awful racism.

  26. jjf

    If Trump and his staff really wanted to visit regular real ‘Merican citizens, wouldn’t they head to events in the major metro areas like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago?

  27. Jason

    >If Trump and his staff really wanted to visit regular real ‘Merican citizens, wouldn’t they head to events in the major metro areas like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago?

    Quick, shift from observing skin color to some other topic.   Oh, and you and I both know he does.  Nice try Fudd

  28. jjf

    Jason, if you were on Trump’s staff or campaign team, but I repeat myself, exactly how would you characterize his supporters?

    Here’s a page that claims 85% of blacks prefer any Dem over Trump.

    I didn’t shift topic at all.  Owen’s post claims Trump is going where the Americans are.  Where do you think the Americans are?

  29. jjf

    Here’s some 2016 exit polls if you need help in characterizing Trump’s supporters.

  30. Jason

    Why are you even asking me that question? Why would I care to characterize his supporters? Hes the president, your candidate lost, smearing racism and sexism accusations around aren’t going to change those two facts. Dummy.

  31. jjf

    Well, Owen characterized Trump’s supporters one way, I characterized Trump’s supporters another, and you and others said I was wrong and probably racist and no doubt awful.

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