NASCAR: Brian France, Multiple NASCAR Stars Appear at Donald Trump Rally in Georgia

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VALDOSTA, Ga. — Report by Race Chaser Online Mid-Atlantic Correspondent Marshall Gabell — Matt Sullivan/Getty Images North America photo —

NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France attended Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s rally in Valdosta, Ga. on Monday — three hours from Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 was held one day prior.

NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, rookie Chase Elliott, Ryan Newman and David Ragan were also in attendance, endorsing Trump in addition to the head of NASCAR’s top brass.

“I am proud to receive the endorsement of such an iconic brand and a quality person such as Brian (France),” Trump said. “Brian has a wonderful family and is an incredibly successful business person. I have great respect for Brian and I am grateful for his support and that of Bill Elliott, one of the best drivers in history, and active stock car racers, including his son Chase Elliott, Ryan Newman and David Lee Ragan.”

France said his support for Trump is rooted in how the 69-year-old, controversial candidate has raised his family — which is composed of five children (Barron Trump, Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Tiffany Trump).

“He wins with his family,” France said. “Any of his children, you’d be proud of have them as part of your family. That’s how I judge a winner, how somebody manages their family and raises their family.”

“Mr. Trump is changing American politics forever and his leadership and strength are desperately needed. He has had an incredible career and achieved tremendous success. This is what we need for our country.”

Ironically, this endorsement from France and drivers comes after NASCAR pulled its XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series award ceremonies from a Trump residence after the republican’s comments about Mexican immigrants last season.

Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis was the activist for removing the ceremonies from Trump’s resort after the racist remarks. He took to Twitter after hearing about France endorsing Trump on Monday night, revealing his displeasure.

“There is no place for politics (or) any political endorsements in any business. Your customers and employees should have their own mind,” he tweeted.

“Let me be clear. Camping World embraces diversity and the political views of employees are their own. No place in (business),” he added.


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