Some NASCAR drivers have differed with team owners on the national anthem protests, but still, they haven’t talked about protocol approaching Sunday’s race at Dover.
That’s probably because no one expects any protests.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson have already made their stances well known — they support peaceful protests. Brad Keselowski has said he’ll stand for the anthem. ESPN reported comments by Ryan Newman, Danica Patrick, Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin and they all said the same thing — there’s been no discussions.
Newman said: “”I was doing some deer hunting this week. I drove up to Maryland, and I passed a Greyhound bus and I didn’t see a single employee of RCR or [engine shop] ECR on it, so I think everything is fine.”
That’s a reference to his boss, Richard Childress, saying he would get anyone who protested during the anthem a ride on a Greyhound bus out of the country.
Dale Jr., in addressing the lack of discusion, said, “I think everybody would handle those situations differently, and I can’t speak for every owner in how they would handle that situation.”
Hemlin said, “I don’t think there is [a need for a team meeting],” Hamlin said. “In general, the NASCAR community has always put the military at the forefront and it’s always been a very, very big deal to honor the flag.
“That’s something you always see at NASCAR races, and it is something you probably will continue to see.”