NASCAR and Donald Trump: Why the presidential candidate is attending Coca-Cola 600 race

Mary Ramsey, McClatchy Washington Bureau on

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Will Trump’s visit to Charlotte Motor Speedway help his NC campaign?

Trump likely will benefit from the media attention he gets in the Charlotte market while in town and from the word of mouth spread by those who see him at the Speedway, according to Heberlig.

“And it’s free,” he said. “He doesn’t have to pay for it in his paid advertising.”

Heberlig added that he’ll be watching to see exactly what Trump does at the event, including whether he interacts with fans or finds opportunities to “put his own spin” on the day.

Shaheen said it will be “interesting to see what the television coverage is like” of Trump’s visit, including how much he’s shown on FOX’s broadcast of the race, when evaluating how much impact it had on his campaign.

He added the visit won’t just get attention in Charlotte, but also Cabarrus County, where the speedway is located and where Republicans are focused on getting a strong victory in November.


“Cabarrus County is a must-win. That’s why he’s there,” he said.

The Democratic National Committee is responding to Trump’s planned visit with two billboards in the Charlotte area, one on Interstate 85 and one at an Interstate 77 and 85 interchange, telling voters to “beware Trump’s extreme MAGA agenda for North Carolina.”

In a statement on Trump’s visit, the Biden campaign called Trump “far out-of-step” with North Carolina voters.

“Donald Trump is the reason we have an abortion ban here in North Carolina. Now, he’s promising to throw hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians off their health care and kill the good-paying clean energy jobs President Biden has brought to our state … Our state, and our campaign is going to continue to hold him accountable,” campaign spokeswoman Dory MacMillan said.

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