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    NASCAR drivers decline White House invitation

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    NASCAR drivers decline White House invitation
    Steve Eubanks


    September 2, 2011
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    On the day it was announced that the U.S. economy created zero jobs in the month of August, four entrepreneurs turned down an invitation by President Obama to visit the White House. Those four also happen to be NASCAR drivers, a third of the 12 men who made it to last year's Sprint Cup Chase to the Championship.

    Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle all declined the White House invitation for next Wednesday, each citing scheduling conflicts.

    A nice way of saying, "Thanks, but no thanks."

    Politics aside (and no one questions that NASCAR is a conservative sport), the move sends a strong signal that these drivers would rather not be seen with a president that has such a low approval rating on the economy.

    Also, unlike athletes from other sports, NASCAR drivers themselves are private-sector employers. Tony Stewart, who sits precariously in the 10th spot in points in this year's Chase, owns his own team as well as that of Ryan Newman. Not only does he have employees to pay, sponsors to woo and overhead to cover, Stewart has just made a substantial investment in bringing Danica Patrick to NASCAR full time.

    The other drivers also run businesses, including merchandising and licensing operations that have payrolls and other expenses. These are not guys who show up on Sunday, drive for three hours and cash big paychecks. They are businessmen who know that their livelihood depends on a thriving U.S. economy.

    They are also mindful of perception, especially in a climate where sponsor dollars are becoming harder to find. Posing with a president who some might perceive as being hostile to business while the country continues to suffer high unemployment might turn off some conservative NASCAR fans as well as the businessmen the sport needs.

    Of course the president is the president, and going to the White House for a personal audience with the leader of the free world is a great honor, no matter who sits behind the desk in the Oval Office.

    The drivers did not elaborate on their decisions while preparing for qualifying at Atlanta Motor Speedway. And it is worth noting that the other members of the 2010 Chase — champion Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth and Jeff Burton (who has expressed an interest in entering politics after his racing career is over) — have all committed to the event.
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    Re: NASCAR drivers decline White House invitation

    Maybe they had a scheduling conflict, maybe they just don't want to be seen with the guy. I personally wouldn't want to go either, seems like a big hassle and waste of time and $$$, unless he wants to come to the range and shoot a bit (and he provides the ammo). Then, I may consider it.
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    Re: NASCAR drivers decline White House invitation

    About time some some people put that rock star wanna be in his place. But I have a feeling we are going to hear about some problems with Nascar people when they unleash the feds to dig up stuff on them as retribution.
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    Re: NASCAR drivers decline White House invitation

    Quote Originally Posted by jrsweb View Post
    About time some some people put that rock star wanna be in his place. But I have a feeling we are going to hear about some problems with Nascar people when they unleash the feds to dig up stuff on them as retribution.
    Expect some redneck regulatory action straight away.
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