TRUMP 2020 Livery Racing at Daytona

by Michael Satterfield

Two NASCAR teams are going political at the upcoming season opener at Daytona, Valentine's Day weekend. Mike Harmon Racing (MHR) announced today that the No. 47 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Joe Nemechek will be featuring a red, white, and blue, "Trump | Pence 2020" livery in the NASCAR Xfinity Series season opener.

The livery is sponsored by a political action committee called The Patriots PAC of America in partnership with a group called Race Fans for Trump 2020.  The group also supports driver Tim Viens in the Mike Affarano Motorsports No. 3 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Gander Truck Series. I reached out for more information on the PAC, their plans for the season, and if they would be sponsoring the teams beyond the season opener, but they declined to comment beyond the initial press announcement. I also requested an interview with a representative of the PAC, but have not received a reply at the time of this posting. The Board of Directors did issues a statement that was included in the MHR press release.


We are honored to support Mr. Nemechek and bring true American values back to America, bridging the gap between forgotten Americans to keep our duly elected President in office, our hopes are that the silent majority comes together to support us in ‘Keeping America Great.’
The Patriots PAC of America

The NASCAR Racing Experience 300 will be Nemechek’s 37th start at the 2.5-mile superspeedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. In 36 previous starts, he has two wins, four top-five and seven top-10 finishes. Team owner and fellow driver Mike Harmon will be behind the wheel of the No. 74 Veterans for Child Rescue Chevrolet for MHR


NASCAR has no rules banning political advertising and this isn't the first time that NASCAR has gotten political. Back in 2010 Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, Kendrick Meek sponsored Mike Wallace's car for the Daytona 500. One of the more notable political sponsors was the conservative group American Majority who was the primary sponsor of driver Jason Bowles and MacDonald Motorsports car #81 for fourteen races of the 2012 Nationwide Series leading up to the November presidential election. Throughout the year's political campaigns on both sides of the aisle have slapped their names on the side of NASCARs including Rick Perry, Bob Graham, Rick Santorum, even former President George W. Bush had his Bush | Chany logo on the side of Kirk Shelmerdine's Ford Taurus.

While the Trump livery is not likely to be considered controversial with most NASCAR fans, it is sure to draw the comments from both in and outside of the sport. The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series NextEra Energy 250 is set for Friday, February 14th at 7:30 PM and the NASCAR Xfinity Series NASCAR Racing Experience 300 will take place on Saturday, February 15 at 2:30 PM both will be broadcast live on FS1. So tune in and see if the Trump teams win "bigly" or end up in the wall, but tune in for some awesome racing from Daytona International Speedway.

18 Comments

  1. MNGA ... Make NASCAR Great Again! ... No, seriously please make NASCAR awesome like it used to be before stages and the points

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  2. Financially speaking, any sponsor is a good sponsor.

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  3. Ughhh... This ain't gonna help the stereotype of NASCAR fans. That said, I don't see Bernie Sanders sponsoring anyone in NASCAR, unfortunately.

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    1. He'd look real good holding a nice big bucket of chicken by the car.

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  4. Trump is quite possibly the greatest NASCAR driver ever. How many times would this have to be repeated for it to be true?

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  5. Dump lying Pinocchio

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  6. The same people who support having this scheme on the car are the same type of people who say that things are "too political these days

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  7. Well that sucks

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  8. Someone should run a hammer and sickle on their shit just to even it out.

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  9. Won't last one lap

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  10. ....bet that check bounces....

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  11. Well, at least their campaign is supporting a small team.

    That’s all I’m going to say about this.

    I h o p e t h e y g o t p a i d f i r s t

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  12. Hope they dont show up to the wrong Kansas city when that race rolls around

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  13. If Harmon Racing is making any money off of this, I am okay with it.

    Would be nice to see Trump, Biden, Sanders, etc sponsored cars if it means more cash for the teams to race

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  14. That's going to be bad luck !

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  15. AKA Two back-marker teams that didn’t secure any significant sponsors take pennies on a dollar in hopes of publicity. Yawn

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  16. Why not sponsor a hockey team and continue to "skate around" all the important issues.

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