It is unmistakable that one of, if not the, most patriotic sport across the country is NASCAR. What the entire sport does in regards to honoring America, it’s veterans, all armed forces and their families cannot be compared to other sports in any regard.
In fact, two years ago, when the world literally shuttered and shut down, it was NASCAR that became the first sport to return during the Covid-19 pandemic. Hockey, basketball, and baseball were nowhere to be seen, and after two months of waiting, it was NASCAR that brought together the entire country, to let them escape the chaos that had been happening, and actually bring everyone together as one.
Go back even farther, and seeing all the patriotism at Dover International Speedway just over a week after the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington DC, and Somerset, PA, and you could feel the patriotism the sport has provided.
Every fan on every corner, and on the crosswalk, holding the American flag. When the last lap started, the flagman didn’t throw the white flag, because that flag is a symbol of surrender. As a nation, we were not going to surrender to tyranny and evil.
The season starts each year with the “Great American Race.” If that doesn’t speak patriotism right away it is unclear what is.
When it comes to the July 4 weekend, NASCAR in recent years has been bouncing back and forth. Traditionally, NASCAR on July 4 is back in Daytona, but now with that race being the bookend to the regular season, it first went to Indianapolis. That didn’t go over as well as hoped, and the last couple years it has been at a track literally with America in it’s name.
That said, having NASCAR race at Road America, in a way is fitting.
Wisconsin is known for being a dairy state, after all they have the Packers and that stadium is full of cheese heads. Then, you look at it as a beer state, considering their baseball team is the Brewers.
Neither of those products would be possible without the working American farmer, raising the dairy cows and growing the wheat to produce the beer. NASCAR seems right at home in this state, and their inaugural year of Cup competing at their over four-mile long road course brought in a crowd, even when the country was still reeling from the pandemic.
No matter where the sport is, patriotism in NASCAR is always going to be high when July 4 is here. It’s time to dust off Independence Day, and hit the road at Road America.