•Posted by u/DraconianDebate Conservative Patriarch
NASCAR has always been a sport with a fan base that leans conservative. With roots in the prohibition era, the first NASCAR drivers were former bootleggers who turned their rum running hotrods into blazing fast race cars that dazzled the fans in attendance. Nowhere else was the sport more popular than Wilkes County, North Carolina – the “Moonshine Capital of the World” – and home of the first official NASCAR track at North Wilkesboro. Small rural towns across the South continue to dominate NASCAR’s top markets to this day, and if you visit a track on race day you’ll quickly find yourself in a sea of working class rural Americans.
Despite this, the organization in charge of the sport has done everything in its power to separate itself from this audience. At every turn, with every new development in the sport, they move further away from their core fan base. When deciding to move the historic “Clash at Daytona” from its home in Florida, they didn’t move it to another area with widespread support for the sport. They decided to hold it in the center of Los Angeles. That historic track in North Wilkesboro? It was closed, so that its race date could be moved elsewhere.
Their latest decision surrounding the “Lets Go Brandon” meme is only the icing on the cake. Keep in mind, this is a situation entirely of their own making. Brandon Brown is required by NASCAR to participate in a post-race interview, or else he will be fined. It was their partner NBC, which along with Fox is by far the largest source of revenue for the sport, that made the gaffe that started it all. Even this latest uproar regarding the LGBCoin.io sponsorship is entirely of their own making, after Brandonbilt Motorsports removed any mention of the phrase “Lets Go Brandon” from the car and a NASCAR official approved the sponsorship in writing. Responsibility for the destruction of Brandon’s potential as a marketable race car driver sits squarely at the feet of the NASCAR leadership and their partners. By preventing Brandon from trying to capitalize on the situation, by forbidding him from using his own name in a phrase they created, they have destroyed his potential as a rising star in the sport out of fear of the woke mob. All while allowing left wing organizations to freely sponsor drivers.
This event is just the latest in a long line of attacks on the traditional NASCAR fan base. By doing everything they can to separate themselves from their fans, and the history of the sport itself, they make it clear that they don’t care about you. The leaders of NASCAR have no interest in keeping you as a fan. If anything, they’d prefer that you stop watching – so they can continue to market themselves to woke LA progressives and escape the stigma of being associated with us.
As a long time fan whose first memories on this Earth are of watching Bobby Labonte and Dale Earnhardt race to a photo finish at Atlanta, it saddens me to say that I’ve had enough. Steve Phelps, Jim France and Mike Helton have won. I won’t bother you with my presence as a fan any longer. NASCAR and stock car racing in general has long been a cornerstone of rural American culture, surpassed only by country music and Jesus. Unfortunately, that may no longer be the case.