NASCAR president comments on “Let’s Go Brandon!” movement

The phrase spawned at a NASCAR race as the popular “F*** Joe Biden” chant was misheard

In recent months, fans across multiple levels of sports would regularly chant “Fuck Joe Biden!”

In October, Brandon Brown drove to victory lane in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Fans in the stands of the Alabama track started chanting the familiar phrase.

The NBC Sports reporter who was interviewing the race winning driver on the front stretch incorrectly heard the chant. She incorrectly quoted the fans as, “Let’s go Brandon!”

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Since that historic moment, the chant has changed. “Let’s go Brandon!” is suddenly heard from the grandstands at far more than auto racing events. It’s nationwide at all stick and ball events.

Of course, a month later, the phrase can be heard in the background of many NASCAR races. The chant surfaced as recently as Friday night. As Ben Rhodes celebrated his 2021 NASCAR Truck Series championship, the grandstands resurfaced the “Let’s go Brandon!” chant.

NASCAR driver wears “Let’s Go Brandon” shirt

Mike Wallace has 27 years of experience in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He competed in the series as recently as 2020.

In late October, photos surfaced of the driver wearing a, “Let’s go Brandon (FJB)” t-shirt. The shirt featured the yellow-red-blue lines from the NASCAR logo. However, the shirt didn’t mention NASCAR.

In September 2020, Mike Wallace was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR. The sanctioning body found him in violation of 12.1; 12.8; 12.8.1.e of the NASCAR rule book.

Wallace called Joe Biden’s VP, Kamala Harris a semi-black person. He posted several mimes as well which created controversy. Many of the posts were deleted.

Related: Mike Wallace suspended indefinitely by NASCAR

Brandon Brown in victory lane at Talladega Superspeedway - NASCAR Xfinity Series
TALLADEGA, ALABAMA – OCTOBER 02: Brandon Brown, driver of the #68 The Original Larry’s Hard Lemonade Chevrolet, celebrates in the Ruoff Mortgage victory lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sparks 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 02, 2021 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

NASCAR President Steve Phelps comments

How does NASCAR feel about this viral sensation that spawned at Talladega Superspeedway?

“It’s an unfortunate situation, I feel Brandon, I feel Kelly,” NASCAR President Steve Phelps said.

“Unfortunately, I think it tells us where we are as a nation. We don’t want to connect ourselves with left or right politics.”

“Do you like the fact that it started with NASCAR and is steadily progressing elsewhere? No, we’re not happy with that.”

Merchandise with the phrase has become popular. As stated earlier, even Mike Wallace got his hands on a shirt.

“We will pursue whoever (is using logos) and get that stuff,” stated Phelps.

“That’s not OK. It’s not OK that you’re using our trademarks illegally, regardless of whether we agree with what the position is.”

Phelps added, ”I think unfortunately it speaks to the state of where we are as a country.”

This weekend, NASCAR concludes their 2021 season. Phoenix Raceway is hosting the championship rounds for the NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series. Ben Rhodes claimed the NASCAR Truck Series championship on Friday night.

Related: Mike Wallace is confused why Bubba Wallace wasn’t suspended by NASCAR

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“Let’s Go Brandon”


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