In the past few weeks, several yellow bellied CEOs have distanced themselves from President Donald Trump. But few of those businesses serve President Trump’s core supporters. Until now.
Amid the flood of CEOs rushing to distance themselves from Trump’s business councils after President Trump committed a sin in their eyes by calling out both the White Supremists and the Antifa crowd. Marcus Lemonis, who is CEO of one of NASCAR’s biggest sponsors, Camping World, appeared Wednesday on CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” where he seemed to suggest he wouldn’t be shattered if people who supported Trump’s comments decided to shop elsewhere. So basically he told all of us NASCAR fans to shop elsewhere.
During the segment, Marcus was clearly asked by CNBC’s Michelle Caruso-Cabrera if he would have pulled out from a presidential council if he had been on one. To which Marcus made it very clear he would, and that it wouldn’t be shattering to him if Trump supporters stopped buying from Camp World altogether. Umm, most NASCAR fans are Trump supporters.
Mark Martin is back in the market for a new RV, and there’s one company he definitely won’t be calling.
The NASCAR legend claimed on Twitter that had an order in place with Camping World — the title sponsor for NASCAR’s truck series — for a $150,000, presumably beautiful new RV. But then Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis, in response to president Donald Trump’s controversial post-Charlottesville, Va., rhetoric, invited supporters of Trump’s remarks to shop elsewhere last week.
Now, the company is without one of its most high-profile customers.
“First thing in the morning I will be canceling my order for 150,000$ RV I have ordered,” Martin posted Sunday in a since-deleted tweet. “Leave politics out of it.”
Martin’s call to “leave politics out of it” is curious, since the retired driver has been outspoken in support of some of Trump’s positions — even going on stage with then-candidate Trump during a rally in March 2016 and yelling, “Build that wall!”
Given how popular Martin is with NASCAR diehards, however, his stance against Camping World could spark considerable backlash against the company.
A 40-time winner in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the 58-year-old is one of the most popular drivers the sport’s ever seen. Speaking of 40-time Cup winners, the ever-hated Kyle Busch reached the impressive milestone after his thrilling win at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday.
But it didn’t end there, sadly Martin then did a 180….
UPDATE (3:24 p.m. ET): Mark Martin explained why he deleted his tweet on Monday, after he said he received a call from Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis, who claimed his comments were “misrepresented.”
Umm, I’ve watched the video carefully multiple times, how are his idiotic words being taken out of context or misrepresented? Why the change of heart Mr. Martin? What are the rest of us missing here?
After a season of milestones for NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduates competing across NASCAR national series, the industry’s flagship development program for multicultural and female drivers has announced that six drivers will join its 2017 class. The drivers were selected after a competitive combine held last October at New Smyrna Speedway and will compete for Rev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
The 2017 class features a former NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series champion, the granddaughter of one of the sport’s female pioneers, and NASCAR Drive for Diversity’s first sibling teammates. The drivers will attempt to follow in the footsteps of program graduates and current national series drivers Kyle Larson, Darrell Wallace Jr., and 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Daniel Suárez.
“Now more than ever, we’re seeing the impact of NASCAR’s development program in producing drivers who excel at the highest echelons of our sport,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “There’s a great deal of talent and potential in this year’s class. With the strong foundation that NASCAR Drive for Diversity provides, these drivers will have the opportunity to develop the skills needed to elevate their racing careers.”
The 2017 class is led by four returning drivers, Collin Cabre, Jay Beasley, Madeline Crane and Rubén García Jr., who first competed in stock car racing in his native Mexico. Collin’s younger brother, Chase Cabre, joins 16-year-old Macy Causey as this year’s NASCAR Drive for Diversity newcomers. Causey’s grandmother, Diane Teel, was the first woman to compete in a NASCAR XFINITY Series race in 1982.
Rev Racing, the operational arm of NASCAR Drive for Diversity, will field four teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and two in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
Like most other Nascar fans I know, I myself have no issue whatsoever with having diversity in the sport. But when the NBA has 74% black players, and the NFL has 80%, but they have no so-called diversity programs it just makes me wonder. Why do we always need “diversity” when a certain sport is ruled by a majority of white players or drivers but not the other way around?
Note: Camping World has been blasted online for its CEO’s statement. Keep up the pressure & let them know we won’t be bullied!
— Democrats Are ISIS (@NEWTPOTUS) August 21, 2017
— BenGarrison Cartoons (@GrrrGraphics) August 21, 2017
@CampingWorld , I will GLADLY take my money elsewhere. I was in negotiation to purchase RV. Not anymore. How stupid can ur mgmt. be?
— OneEye🇺🇸 (@0neeye1776) August 21, 2017
— pink pinta (@pinkpinta13) August 19, 2017
Camping World you don't get one more damn dollar from me !!
Same to you NASCAR https://t.co/i7Rz3wNpEK
— Dani Bryant (@LaGryphon) August 21, 2017
Communist leaning Camping World has lost ALL of my BUSINESS…However…I look forward to UR Bankruptcy where I will pick up the BARGAINS😂🤣😂
— Gartley 222 (@tangent90x) August 21, 2017
— Mickey Knox (@NATURALB0RN) August 21, 2017
Please share if you want to see skill and ability over social justice in sports and you will be boycotting Camping World!
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