Trump met with cheers on Sunday at NASCAR's Coca Cola 600

 May 29, 2024

Former President Donald Trump's New York hush-money trial has wrapped up, with Judge Juan Merchan delivering jury instructions on Wednesday.

While liberal pundits focused on whether the former president will be convicted, Trump tried to eliminate their negative press with a well-received weekend appearance.   

Trump met with cheers at NASCAR's Coca Cola 600

According to USA Today, the 45th president turned up at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina on Sunday.

He was there to attend NASCAR's Coca Cola 600 and was seen waving to supportive audience members. The newspaper also noted that Trump's private jet had earlier flown over the crowd.

Jonathan Coleman serves as senior director of communications for the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and he told USA Today that Sunday marked the first time a current or former president had attended a race at the facility.

However, this was not the first time Trump has been seen at a NASCAR event, as in 2020 he took on the role of grand marshal at the Daytona 500.

Trump campaign flags were a "ubiquitous" sight four years ago at Daytona 500

"My fellow race fans, the Daytona 500 is a legendary display," USA Today quoted Trump as saying at the time. "Rubber will burn, fans will scream and the great American race will begin."

The newspaper stated that the then-president was met with enthusiastic cheers and chants of "USA!" along with "ubiquitous" flags bearing his campaign slogan "Make America Great Again."

He later said, "It was an honor to officially open this year’s Daytona 500 and drive the first Parade Lap with you. Thank you."

"You are the best in the world at what you do, and I want to wish you luck in today’s Daytona 500. I hope you all have a fantastic race," Trump continued.

"You should all be proud to be competing in this incredible event. The Daytona 500 is the biggest race in the world and all of America is watching. Give the fans a great show," the then-president went on to add.

Former driver says NASCAR scene tends to be "very Republican, very conservative"

Former race car driver Danica Patrick recently spoke with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, and she alluded to why Trump has found a strong base of support within NASCAR.

"Where I came from, NASCAR, I don't know that there was anybody very liberal or a Democrat in the whole garage," Patrick recalled. "It's very Republican, very conservative."

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