AP's Christ Jenkins recently reported at Sun Mercury Newsthat "Obama passes on potential NASCAR sponsorship", and I quote:
NASCAR's BAM Racing team has presented Barack Obama's presidential campaign with a potential sponsorship deal in the Sprint Cup series later this year, but it doesn't look like an Obama car will be burning rubber on the track anytime soon. BAM team spokesman Rhett Vandiver told The Associated Press on Friday that the team made a sponsorship proposal to the Democratic presidential hopeful's campaign, and has made similar proposals to the campaign of Republican John McCain and at least one third-party candidate.
Late Friday, the Obama campaign said there would be no sponsorship.
"The Obama campaign will not be sponsoring a car in the Sprint Cup series, though we will continue to look for ways to reach out to voters and convey Senator Obama's message of change." said Bill Burton, an Obama campaign spokesman
Sports Illustrated first reported the proposal on its Web site, saying Obama's campaign is in talks with BAM, a part-time operation that hasn't raced in recent weeks, to sponsor its No. 49 car in the Aug. 3 race at Pocono.
"The Obama campaign will not be sponsoring a car in the Sprint Cup series, though we will continue to look for ways to reach out to voters and convey Senator Obama's message of change." Bill Burton, Obama Campaign Spokesman
It would have been a fairly bold move within a sport whose competitors spend all year turning left on the track but tend to lean to the right politically.
Earlier, two-time NASCAR Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson stated in a Washington conference that *"he is for McCain". * This was reported in USA Today. Here's the highlight of what Jimmie said.
"I'd have to pick (John) McCain," said Johnson, speaking at the National Press Club on Tuesday. "I think our core fan base, being Republicans like they are, that will be their first choice.
"There's a lot of respect going to come in his direction. I think what hurts Barack (Obama) is his lack of experience right now. But he's certainly a charismatic guy, and I look forward to learning a lot about him."
Methinks that not everything is going according to Barry's way, after all. For the underdog McCain,
Hope springeth eternal.