Whether folks want to admit it or not, NASCAR is big in America, and has deep Southern roots. Fans of the racing sport are very loyal and don’t mind mixing politics with their presence at the race track. For example, when NASCAR officials caved in to political correctness and an attack on all things Southern by asking fans not to bring the Confederate flag to the races, fans let them know exactly how they felt about that attack on free speech by defying that request and continuing to fly their Confederate flags at the track.
One of the biggest names in NASCAR history is Richard Petty. He is a legend in the sport and he just came out as endorsing Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson for president.
Dr. Carson, a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, appeared with Petty at a camp for disabled children in North Carolina, which was established by the Petty Family Foundation, on Monday. Although he did not come outright and say he is endorsing Carson, he actually kind of did when he told the Associated Press, he is “not necessarily endorsing him, but we are — you know what I mean?”
Petty added that one of the things he really likes about Carson is that “he’s really humane.”
The racing legend, nicknamed The King, was reportedly photographed sitting behind the wheel of Carson’s campaign bus. The pair also posed for pictures together.
As Donald Trump sees his lead as the frontrunner of Republican candidates tighten with Dr. Ben Carson gaining ground, this “endorsement” of the Carson campaign by Richard Petty will cause more people, especially those devoted NASCAR enthusiasts, to take notice. In addition, with North Carolina being a swing state in the South, this endorsement will be seen by some as a huge benefit for Carson.