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Mitt Romney: I’m Not A NASCAR Buff, Just Friends With ‘Team Owners’

Richie Rich over here just cannot stop reminding everyone that he’s a special and obscenely wealthy snowflake. Mitt won’t be watching the Daytona 500, if it ever happens, ’cause he’s not a huge racing fan but HAHAHA some of his best friends do own racing teams, he quickly jostles to add for some damn reason. Could these team owners maybe get M.I.T.T. a new pit crew, to do a little much needed maintenance, oh, and maybe also to ‘accidentally’ disable the vocal apparatus? That would be really friendly of them!

From the Huffington Post:

After spending much of the week in Michigan defending his opposition to the 2008 auto bailout, Mitt Romney got acquainted with a different side of the car industry during a visit to Florida’s Daytona International Speedway.

Asked Sunday if he follows racing Romney replied, “Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans, but I have some friends who are NASCAR team owners,” the AP reports.

Not a lie, but not the best truth, either. [HuffPo]

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229 comments

    1. Terry

      I have one good thing to say about NASCAR. I knew an elderly lady who had fallen under the spell of a few televangelists. She'd run the tv all day on their shows and end up mailing them most of her social security money. Interventions by her kids and friends didn't really help. One day, a family member showed her a NASCAR race and told her backstories on the various drivers. She began treating NASCAR like a delicious soap opera and would play races and discussions of races endlessly on her tv rather than the televangelists. Instead of sending her money to the preachers, she'd follow the races and occasionally buy herself a tchotchka or two. More money for food, drama to follow and think about, wins all around.

          1. Chichikovovich

            She chose the crystal meth of the masses over the opiate of the masses.

            [Ok, ok, crystal meth is the crystal meth of the masses, but think metaphor, people.)

          2. Toomush_Infer

            and circus (cirque) is the latin root of circle, I hasten to add….just to flaunt my NASCAR IQlessness about racetracks…..

    2. Negropolis

      They drive their houses across the country following the races. They are the Deadheads of the racing world.

      1. UnholyMoses

        As a Deadhead, I will note that NASCAR necks have MUCH better mobile homes.

        And there are less phatty burritos and grilled cheese and nitrous and … **sigh** … those were some great summers.

        Annnnyway, Grand-Am and Le Mans series racing is where it's at — they also have to turn right. (Huge fan of both, as well as F1, especially since the DRS system has increased passing.)

        1. nonbeliever7

          Me too…. As in a follower of that socialist European F1 racing. I fully recommend the Montreal race each summer. My marketing pitch to my buddies is "fast cars, real beer and unattainable women".

        2. mayor_quimby

          Greetings fellow socialist race fans! I love F1, GT1' le mans, dtm, etc.
          I can't wait for next month to see how Red Bull will find a loophole for the blown exhaust rules, and if that charismatic young German will continue to dominate ( what could go wrong?)
          The upcoming Austin race is the only thing that would make me set foot in god forsaken Tejas again.

    3. GOPCrusher

      Yesterday, Yahoo ran a story about the Santorum campaign spent enough money to get his name painted on the side of a car.
      I posted a comment on his pandering to the lowest common denominator of American society.
      The response was that I was an elitist boob.

  1. Dashboard Buddha

    Sooooo, let's see. Quintessential American sport…that was invented in Europe. (although granted, it took an American to turn racing into a spectacle of speedy billboards) Taking a break from a do or die campaign to watch said 200mph billboards. Real presidential there, Mitt. And finally…not fans, not even drivers…but team owners? Words fail.

    1. Terry

      NASCAR isn't so much the offspring of fancy European racing as it is of backroad racing and illegal liquor running in the Carolinas.

          1. Gunner Asch

            That movie cemented my love affair with the '57 Ford. Had a couple of them over the years and put some nice engines in them. Never much cared for Chevys; you had to reach too far to get to the distributor for all the shade-tree-mechanic'n all those vehicles needed.

          2. James Michael Curley

            After a 59 Caddy I went with British Roadsters.  I was more into SCAA then anything else (Northern NJ and NY with all that fantastic scenery up 9W).Although I had a MG-TC in the garage my “buy it through the PX at a ridiculously low price” was a 1969 MGC-GT with the six cylinder engine.  Blindingly fast but handled like a drunken pig.

      1. Dashboard Buddha

        Well, I was actually referring to the activity of racing automobiles. But, you are correct, NASCAR started with hillbillies trying to get away from them dang revenoors.

        Gotta love it: substance abuse, reckless driving, racism.

        1. BaldarTFlagass

          I learned a thing or two from Charlie, dontcha know
          Ya'd better stay away from Copperhead Road.

    2. BerkeleyBear

      First he claimed it combined his two favorite things, sports and cars. Which is problematic both because no one fucking believes Mitt would risk his 'do huddling with the masses at sporting events or doing anything on a car, and because a huge swath of the population does not view auto racing as a sport. Then you have the whole thing where he insisted on speaking at a drivers meeting, but admits he doesn't know the drivers – thereby pissing off the NASCAR fans who are devoted to "their guys" but view most team owners as elitist scum. Well played all around.

    1. Troubledog

      Have it on good authority Borat is forming an exploratory committee. His supporters are sure the wingnuts will waive the "native born" requirement because Borat has the right positions on women's issues, foreign policy and religion.

    2. ph7

      "I'm the man who has the nomination. I'm the man who can lead America better than fuck. So that is why i am better than everyone in the world. Kiss my ass and suck my dick… everyone."

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      Only if they play hillbilly fiddle music while they're showing it, like in a 1970s Burt Reynolds movie.

    2. Arken

      Personally, I think if you get in a car and drive, you should get somewhere other than where you started in the first place.

    3. James Michael Curley

      Did some time, while in college, working at a motorcycle shop that had a 750GP class bike. But other than Daytona, where a bunch of these little tiny guys dressed in yellow came in and kicked ass, most of the tracks were Nelson's Ledges, Watkins Glen and the like twisty, turny tracks. Hated going around in circles.

        1. James Michael Curley

          Checked out the reference since I didn’t know it.  Sure enough, right at the top was a picture of a Yamaha.I have not followed the sport in a couple decades.  Back in 1974 I don’t think loading the Guzzi into the back of the IH van would have got us all the way to Australia.

      1. mayor_quimby

        Didja see the way Jeff Gordon got flipped on his roof? And how that there uppity broad got put inta tha wall? That's good racin there, I tell u what!

    4. FakaktaSouth

      I've already admitted on wonkette that I enjoyed my NASCAR Talladega infield experience with Davey Allison in 1992 – but it might have been all the mushrooms, xanax, wild turkey, funneled beer and weed. It's okay to judge me. That shit was fun.

        1. FakaktaSouth

          A '67 Jeff Beck (or Clapton or Page) can change my oil anytime – or a 67yo Beck, Clapton or Page. I'm in.

          Edit – see? THIS is how I end up on a youtube spiral starting with the yardbirds and ending with me dancing to Cream (Fave Ginger ever) instead of cleaning my house. Rick Santorum is going to come give me a housewife/harlot demerit I just know it.

    5. actor212

      I did when I was a kid. Even have autographs from a bunch of race drivers like Junior Johnson.

      But like nearly all things, I outgrew it when I gained wisdo–

      Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, that's why!!!!!

    6. BerkeleyBear

      Well, I wrote a law review article about it (and the IP implications of the government's anti-tobacco regulations) and as a result of that got a reputation as liking it. But really, other than the "Jeff Gordon's Gay" song, never got into it. Of course, at least in NASCAR you get lead changes, whereas F1 is mainly a competition of who can spend the most absurd amount of money so their ride is at the front of the grid when the flag drops.

      1. freakishlywrong

        It's impossible to imagine that we have a candidate of POTUS in U.S America that is actually more of a judgmental, religious zealot than a cartoon caricature of a judgmental, religious zealot. Or, maybe not.

        1. LetUsBray

          Oh, I would MUCH rather be governed by stupid Flanders than by Froth-diddly-othy, if, as I gather, that's where you're going here.

  2. philpjfry

    As somebody once said somewhere sometime "I like to visit reality, but only as a tourist." Mitt the elite space zombie with no idea of how people live,. or talk, or act or think., or …..

  3. EatsBabyDingos

    Asked about baseball, Mr. Romney said "I don't follow the sport, but I know the owners and I like their diamonds."

    1. BerkeleyBear

      Okay, okay. I admit it. I've met a part owner of a NASCAR team once (he was also a driver, and a guy at my firm represented him), and I think I've been in a Cadillac at some point – so I guess I'm part of the Mitt club. Sorta.

  4. Local_Mojo

    NASCAR is a perfect analogy for the Republican race: men going around and around in a circle in gas-guzzling machines, making deafening noise — for no discernible purpose.

    Ricky Bubba 2012!

    1. OneDollarJuana

      The common image that most have of the declining days of the Roman Empire involve chariot races around the circus and gladiators. Now we have NASCAR and cage-fighting.

  5. James Michael Curley

    He is working for the "Longest Loosing Presidential Race" Oscar.

    Hey JoeBob, that Oscar thing 's one this week. You know when they drive only Lincolns and Cadillacs 'stead 'o real 'merican stock cars.

      1. James Michael Curley

        Sorry, didn’t notice.  I was trying to be too pretentious with the southern dialect and distracted.

    1. bureaucrap

      But since you asked, I guess it would take the form of something like, "I don't particularly like [race cars, workers, minorities, etc.], but I'm close personal friends with the people that own them."

    1. RadioSBJ

      Racin' and tradin' paint ain't easy. But it's even tougher with a hard-on.
      Call your doctor if you experience lightheadiness, visual difficulties, or an erection lasting more than four hours.

  6. LiveToServeYa

    He really does need a monocle and cigarette holder. Wait, I'm having a great idea for a re-design of Monopoly: Romnopoly.

  7. Baconzgood

    "I have some friends who are NASCAR team owners"

    See he's a slacked jawed hic everyday beer swilling redneck.

  8. FakaktaSouth

    I'm not really a fan of Jews, but I do know a lot of born-again dead Mormons.
    I'm not really a fan of the homeless, but I do know all the slum lords.
    I'm not really a fan of consistency, but I do have a lot of new opinions.
    I'm not really a fan of Detroit, but I do have a shit ton of cars.
    It just goes on and on.

  9. BaldarTFlagass

    NASCAR is certainly a red white and blue sport—the fans all have red necks, are invariably white, and love them some Blue Ribbon.

  10. Pragmatist2

    I'll bet $10,000 that his "friends who are NASCAR owners" are of the Caucasian persuasion. Just a guess.

      1. BerkeleyBear

        Not entirely true. There haven't been any African American NASCAR Sprint/Winston/Good Ole Boy drivers in a while, but there are a few guys at lower levels or on the fringe circuits. Like anything else driven by a corporate ethos, the number one thing stopping them from full time rides at the highest level is money. Specifically, the perception that they can't connect to the fan base blocking them from getting the best sponsorships. So its more tertiary racism than any sort of policy at this point.

  11. weej_bain

    Wonkette awash in carburetors and vee-8s on a Monday morning? Well then, can we fix the Repulglycuntz' final four with restrictor plates before the March Madness starts.

    1. Dr_Zoidberg

      Oh, hell no. Take off the plates, let them get those engines going as fast as possible, and then sit back and enjoy the sight of those idiots crashing all over the place.

  12. Dudleydidwrong

    "I don't live in Michigan any longer but I know people who own it."
    "I don't know anyone who flies coach, but I know the owners of the airline."
    "I don't do my own taxes, but I know the Block brothers."
    "We don't stop at Dairy Queens but I know the company CEO."
    "We eat pizza on occasion but I never knew Herman Cain"

    1. James Michael Curley

      Three cheers for Henry & Richard Block who bought Compuserve and ran it into the ground and sold it to Ted Turner while his was in the process of running AOL into the grounds who sold it off to a bunch of nerds living in mom's basement who made it into the most confusing news 'gator on the internet just so Ariana Huffington wouldn't feel out of step.

  13. Negropolis

    Hey, now, you guys. Owners are people too, my friends.

    Romney's only saving grace is that he didn't call it "The NASCAR."

  14. Negropolis

    OT: The FWUCK!? I just saw an Arizona tourist commercial featuring Jan Brewer on CNN. Some things can't be unseen.

    1. Steverino247

      Wasting her time. I won't drive through it. I won't fly there. I won't even take a flight that lands there en route to someplace else. Fuck Arizona.

      1. James Michael Curley

        Instead of watching the Oscars I watched "Grapes of Wrath" and "Bound for Glory" back to back. Both movies had people driving through Arizona down US 66. Nobody wanted to stop and they all were going as fast as possible to get through.

        1. Negropolis

          Two more words: elocution lessons.

          She sounds like an elementary school student in the commercial…same as always. She needs to drop the baby voice when she's trying to smile to get a point across.

          1. Texan_Bulldog

            Yeah, I figure she's too far gone for sunscreen to be of any help. She looks like she's been rode hard and put up wet one too many times. I've read that she has a drinking problem so I bet she's had an interesting life. (Still doesn't excuse her being a total bitch, though.)

          2. Negropolis

            You know, in a normal state, Jan Brewer would have never risen above the level of county clerk. I'm scared, because there are fewer and fewer "normal" states these days. I mean, when Wisconsin of all states elects a evangelical Baptist, college drop-out, well, Milwaukee, we have a problem.

            Still, Jan Brewer is the absolute bottom-of-the-barrel.

        2. MissTaken

          No lie, every morning while I apply my SPF 30 I think of Brewer. She's my anti-aging inspiration.

          Boehner is my inspiration to lay off the vodka.

  15. __kth__

    'Ardent' is more tin-eared than touting the friendship of team owners. NASCAR fans are second to no sub-sector of white proles in their peasant-like fawning over red-state robber barons. But they feel disrespected if you use words they don't know the meaning of.

  16. Goonemeritus

    Well it’s better than his comments to Ebony Magazine last week where he said that though he wasn’t specifically a fan of black people he was friends with some former owners of black people.

    1. Chichikovovich

      Posts like this are why the editors really ought to be handing out "Post of the Day/Week/Month/Year" awards.

  17. weej_bain

    Looks like Mittens crashed more during the Daytona speed week than Danica Patrick. Is Rmoney slipping on some frothy santorum to cause his Ford Field fumble and now his common manliness lost to being best buddies with the car owners. Like annettaj posted above, Mittens keeps kicking himself in his Asperger.

    1. MissTaken

      Oh fuck me. Mitt probably is one of the assholes who's gonna take over San Francisco next year with their yachts for the America's Cup while bitching about San Francisco 'values'. Ugh.

      1. SorosBot

        A bunch of rich douchebags will be descending on your city, to play around with their boats in a race that nobody but rich asshats cares about? Ugh, my sympathies. And maybe some of them will try to pick you up too – that wouldn't be fun.

        1. MissTaken

          It's gonna be disgusting. They've already shut down several businesses along the waterfront to make room for the big-ass yachts that will arrive. I may have to plan a trip to Philly at that time…..

          1. SorosBot

            Shut down businesses already, over a year in advance? Ugh. That does not sound like a fun time – at least it's smaller than the Olympics, which I've heard really ruins the lives of host city's residents while they're going on. But you know you're welcome at my place any time.

  18. Chichikovovich

    Remember when Fox News went all wacky over the picture of "elitist" Kerry windsurfing? Man, they'll be all over this. Wall-to-Wall coverage, right?

    1. SorosBot

      Or gladiatorial matches – "Gov. Perry, Rep. Bachmann, you have tied for last place in Iowa; now you fight for the right to survive and move on to the next primary."

    2. Fare la Volpe

      It feels like the GOP is already playing Death Race 2000 with the groups they're running over:

      Women – 20 points
      Olds – 30 points
      Blacks – 40 points
      Gays – 60 points
      Muslims – 100 points
      Old Black Muslim Lesbians – 10,000 points!

  19. James Michael Curley

    Since Mitten's Massholery is in the news so much, it reminds me of a joke I heard up there decades ago.

    A businessman arriving in Boston decided to go find a good seafood restaurant and asked a cab driver, "Do you know where I can get Scrod around here?"
    The cabdriver said. "I know a few places… but it's not often I hear someone use the past subjunctive anymore!"

    Where else but Bahsten.

    1. snackypants

      Ah, it's been a long time since I heard said joke. This English major thanks you for the sweet reminder.

  20. prommie

    He is the second coming of George H. W. Bush, complete with, in the words of Ann Richards, the silver foot in his mouth.

  21. elburritodeluxe

    Not a NASCAR fan? This is like admitting that you sip white wine while watching Downton Abbey with your same-sex partner. In France.

  22. Preferred Customer

    Mitt has not really cared for the NASCAR since AMC stopped entering Matadors and sold itself to the French.

  23. Puffperney

    Kansas isn't completely stupid, the Kansas lottery commission runs the newly opened "Hollywood Casino" right next to the big NASCAR track in K.C., Kansas.

    Product correlation my friends!

  24. Veritas78

    Mitt is the poster boy for the 100% inheritance tax. He might not be a bad candidate if he could buy a clue, but with all his money — he can't. He suffers the curse of wealth.

  25. Puffperney

    Man, if I was anywhere near as rich as Romney, I would so be driving a Maybach Exelero!
    (…though Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche ragtop would be good too.)

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