Politics Trump looks to rev up his base at Daytona 500

08:15  15 february  2020
08:15  15 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

Donald Trump to attend Daytona 500 Sunday, track confirms

  Donald Trump to attend Daytona 500 Sunday, track confirms President Donald Trump will the attend Daytona 500 Sunday, the Daytona International Speedway confirmed Thursday. Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile released a statement that read, 

President Trump will attend Sunday’s Daytona 500 , the White House confirmed, marking his latest appearance at a high-profile sports event. The Secret Service all but announced the president’s appearance, tweeting Wednesday morning that it was establishing a

President Donald Trump is expected to attend the Daytona 500 on Sunday, adding to his growing list of appearances at professional sports events over the last few months.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is out to rev up his appeal with a key voting demographic — NASCAR fans — as he takes in the Daytona 500 on Sunday.

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President Donald Trump has his next MAGA-friendly sporting event lined up — the Daytona 500 . The president on Sunday is expected to attend the An outside Trump adviser said the Trump campaign had always planned to do a NASCAR event to appeal to the sport's fan base , which includes many

Donald Trump expected to go to the Daytona 500 on Sunday during President's Day weekend stay at Mar-a-Lago in latest trip to sporting events to shore up his base . The Federal Aviation Association and the Secret Service both put out restrictions that indicated President Trump would be attending the

NASCAR drivers may veer to the left during their trip around the oval racetrack, but their fans lean right, which helps explain the regularity with which GOP presidents have made their way to the track.

Trump will be the second sitting president to attend the Daytona 500, after George W. Bush in 2004. Like Trump, he also attended the race during a presidential election year. Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush also visited the track at Daytona but during races other than the 500.

This year, Trump will serve as grand marshal and give the command for drivers to start their engines.

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President Donald Trump is expected to attend Sunday’s Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, making a stop off for the NASCAR Cup Series season opener Throughout his campaign for president in 2016 and during his presidency, Trump has shown an affinity for NASCAR and its fans.

“It’s the base ,” an outside Trump adviser shared with Politico in a piece published Wednesday about The president and first lady are expected to spend the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Air traffic controllers at Daytona Beach International Airport said this week that Trump might be flying in

Ari Fleischer, the White House spokesman under George W. Bush, said the visit should appeal to Trump on two fronts.

“There’s a real sense of positive, overwhelming affirmation to hear the roar of the crowd. What politician doesn’t want that?” Fleischer said. “Secondly, there’s what I call the reverberation effect. People watching at home, who hear the roar of the crowd for a president, that can drive them toward some sense of approval or fondness or liking for the president."

Just in case anyone misses the point, Trump's reelection campaign will run a TV ad during the Fox broadcast of the race and fly an aerial banner near the speedway.

Trump scored a coup in 2016 when Brian France, then NASCAR's chairman and chief executive, endorsed him in the presidential race. While France's endorsement was a personal matter, some critics said it hurt NASCAR's efforts to boost its appeal among minorities. And Trump didn't help matters when he repeatedly claimed he had received “NASCAR's endorsement” rather than France's.

Trump giving election-year embrace to NASCAR and its fans

  Trump giving election-year embrace to NASCAR and its fans DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) President Donald Trump gave an election-year embrace to NASCAR and its fans Sunday when he became the second president ever to attend the Daytona 500. Given the honor of commanding drivers to start their engines, Trump made a grand entrance before the start of the race. He gave thousands of fans a flyover of Air Force One and then rode onto the track in the presidential motorcade as the audience roared with delight. The motorcade took roughly a quarter lap before pulling aside in an infield staging area.President George W. Bush also appeared at the race during his reelection year.

Trump will be grand marshal of the Daytona 500 Sunday, meaning he will say 'start your engines He is breaking his Presidents Day weekend to travel from Mar-a-Lago up the Florida coast for the The White House announced his attendance at Daytona earlier this week and his status as Grand

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In 1984, Reagan became the first sitting president to attend a NASCAR race. That July, he started the Firecracker 400 at Daytona International Speedway, where he gave the command, “Gentlemen, start your engines!” from aboard Air Force One. Later, the plane landed at Daytona International Airport behind the speedway in full view of the fans. It was at that race that Richard Petty captured his historic 200th victory.

Reagan stuck around until the end and even did a few laps of radio play-by-play during the race, congratulated Petty and then ate chicken with drivers, crew members, NASCAR employees and their families in the garage area.

The senior Bush’s trip to Daytona occurred in 1992. As Reagan’s vice president, he also served as the honorary starter for the 25th running of the Daytona 500.

President Barack Obama’s initial presidential campaign was presented with the opportunity to sponsor a car in a NASCAR race, but eventually declined that chance. However, Obama routinely invited the winners of the NASCAR Cup Series championship to the White House, a tradition Trump has continued.

Last year, Trump took that outreach a step further, awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the nation’s highest civilian honors, to Roger Penske, a businessman and founder of one of the world’s most successful motorsports teams.

Democrat Bill Clinton didn't get as friendly a NASCAR reception as the GOP presidents.

During his visit to a NASCAR race as a candidate in September 1992, the question of his lack of Vietnam-era military service was still dogging his campaign. Many fans at the Southern 500 in Darlington, South Carolina, booed and heckled him. By contrast, when George W. Bush attended the Daytona 500, he received rock-star treatment.

About 100,000 people are expected to attend this year's race and millions more will watch on television. About 9 million people took in last year's race on television.

Brad Parscale, Trump campaign manager, deletes dramatic Air Force One photo after people point out it's from 2004 .
The photo Brad Parscale tweeted to his 519,000 followers was from President George W. Bush's visit to the Daytona 500 in 2004.Brad Parscale tweeted the 2004 photo, which shows Air Force One rising above packed stands at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, and wrote, ".@realDonaldTrump won the #Daytona500 before the race even started.

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