President Trump & Melania are king and queen of NASCAR; roll in with ‘the Beast,’ speak from the heart

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A couple separate but intrinsically linked events that were to occur on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, were poised to make this year’s Daytona 500 one of the most epic races seen in quite some time.

First and foremost, President Donald Trump wasn’t just slated to be present, thus making him the second sitting president after George W. Bush to ever attend the famed NASCAR race — but he was also slated to take a single lap around the Daytona International Speedway in his presidential limo, aka “The Beast.”

Do the words “HELL YEAH” mean anything to you!?

Second, the president was slated to release a Daytona 500-themed 2020 presidential campaign ad.

A preview of the ad was posted on Instagram early Sunday afternoon by none other than the president’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr.

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The original post can be seen on Trump Jr.’s Instagram page.

“Many people in Trump’s conservative base are NASCAR fans, and Trump’s campaign is taking advantage of the president’s appearance to fly an aerial banner near the speedway and run a television ad during the Fox broadcast of the race,” Reuters reported Sunday morning.

“NASCAR fans are patriots who support the president in huge numbers, so we definitely wanted to communicate directly with them about Keeping America Great during the Great American Race,” Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, said in a statement.

Fact-check: VERY TRUE.

A Zogby poll conducted two years ago found that among NASCAR fans, the president enjoyed a 64 percent approval rating versus the 46 percent rating he boasted among the American people at large.

Third, one of the drivers in Sunday’s race, veteran NASCAR racer Joe Nemechek, was planning on racing in the beauty seen below:

And originally Nemechek wasn’t going to be alone in his pro-Trump racing, but “a mishap far from Florida caused a second Trump 2020 entry, a Chevy Silverado in Friday night’s NextEra Energy 250, to drop out,” according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal.

“A disappointed [Tim] Viens said Friday afternoon as his car was traveling from Chicago, its hauler slid off the road somewhere in Tennessee. The car was unable to make it to Daytona Beach by 8 a.m. Thursday morning, so it was scratched from the truck race,” the paper reported.

“Viens, who found a PAC willing to sponsor his and Nemechek’s rides, said the idea was borne out of his political stance. ‘I support the president. I support him and I’m gonna continue to support him,’ Viens said.”

Good man!

Meanwhile, though she wasn’t going to participate in the Daytona 500, racer Hailie Deegan was hoping to get her helmet signed by the president:

The love affair between the president and NASCAR is one for the ages, in that it’s existed for decades, though only after his 2015 declaration did things really heat up.

After Trump declared his candidacy, NASCAR racer Korbin Forrister began sporting a “Trump for President” banner on his ride:

The following year, NASCAR CEO Brian France and a bevy of drivers endorsed him for president.

“Mr. Trump is changing American politics forever and his leadership and strength are desperately needed,” France said in a statement at the time. “He has had an incredible career and achieved tremendous success. This is what we need for our country.”

The president returned the favor in 2017 by giving NASCAR a shout-out for the respect it always shows for the national anthem and American flag.

Brad Pascale shared an image of a full house anticipating the President and a great race:

Trump buzzed the crowd before finally landing:

Listen as Trump addresses the roaring crowd:

President and FLOTUS looking sharp:

Watch as “The Beast” rolls onto the track:

“First Presidential motorcade honorary pace car,” says Twitter user Lynn Brown.

And then Trump closed out his lap with a special message to all of the drivers and their crews:

Vivek Saxena

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V. Saxena is a staff writer for BizPac Review with a decade of experience as a professional writer, and a lifetime of experience as an avid news junkie. He holds a degree in computer technology from Purdue University.
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