NASCAR Team Owners’ History of Political Donations: A Race of Left-Turns and Right-Leaning Politics

by Kayla Zadel
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NASCAR might not be a stick-and-ball sport, but that doesn’t exempt them from getting involved in politics. For years, it appears that NASCAR team owners have been making a variety of donations to both political parties. But those alliances don’t always seem to stay the same.

A post on Twitter from OpenSecrets.org has brought to light the donations from various NASCAR team owners.

“So I just found a list of political donations by NASCAR team owners, some interesting names donating to interesting parties”

The tweet includes a screenshot from OpenSecrets.org depicting who’s donating money, from what team, when it happened to what party, and the amount given. Mostly notably on the list is Roger Penske and Jack Rousch.

It looks like Penske was making bipartisan donations and then switched to making donations to the Democratic party. Rousch has switched from no affiliation to donating to the Democrats. But then he switched again, and is now listed as making contributions to Republican party.

The investigation continues by Twitter user Steven and in a thread shares another screenshot from the website.

“RETIRED?”

OpenSecrets.org has Jack Rousch, president of Rousch Industries, listed as retired on his last Oct. 8 contribution. Furthermore, according to Rousch.com, he’s listed as the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

A summary of donations by those affiliated with NASCAR is visible on ‘Open Secrets.’

NASCAR Team Owners Join List of Major Sports in Donation History

History’s shown that professional sport owners donate to political campaigns and often prefer the Republican party versus the Democratic one.

According to research conducted by ESPN in conjunction with FiveThirtyEight.com, American professional sports owners have contributed nearly $47 million in federal elections since 2015. This is including $10 million to Republican causes and $1.9 million to Democratic causes so far in the 2020 election cycle.

Statistics show that in the 2018 and 2016 federal elections, that the lean is more Republican with the pro sports owners. NASCAR team owners join the ranks of NBA, NFL, NHL, WNBA, and MLB by donating a combined $34.2 million (72.9 percent) to Republican campaigns or super PACs solely supporting Republican causes. This is compared to the $10.1 million (21.5 percent) to Democrats over the past three elections. Less than 6 percent of contributions went to bipartisan or unaffiliated recipients.

According to the article, Jack Rousch and Roger Penske have contributed directly to Trump’s campaign of Trump super PACs in the 2020 election cycle.

NASCAR Drivers Encourage Voting

NASCAR race cars are basically moving billboards. Companies have been sharing their message on the sides of the vehicles for years.

Bubba Wallace is encouraging those to vote with a livery designed in partner with Door Dash. He’s also been active on social media sharing resources on how to vote. Furthermore, he’s sharing conversations had with Crystal Carson, Vice President of ‘Culture & Comms for When We All Vote.’

In another case, Clint Bowyer‘s taking to Twitter and sharing that he voted. In the message, he’s urging his followers to do the same.

Outsider.com