Thanks to Donald Trump’s MAGA supporters, Brandon Brown is looking at the end of his career as a full-time NASCAR driver. Brown is suffering the fallout from his unintended association with the “Let’s Go Brandon” slogan, and now a lack of sponsorship opportunities has sidelined the 28-year-old for most of the season.
The phrase is now synonymous with “F*ck Joe Biden” – leaving the professional driver behind as collateral damage in the process.
Brown says that much of his sponsorship issues are from the repercussions of the politically-based chant that stems from his name, which began last October at Talladega Superspeedway.
“I’m still viewed as a political figure,” he says. “I can be viewed as divisive because of the chant. It’s really hard to convince companies that, “Hey, that’s not me. That’s just what the crowd was chanting.”
In fact, it’s already affected his ability to drive for other teams.
Stepping away from being the full-time driver of the Brandonbilt Motorsports No. 68 Chevrolet and into another car hasn’t been easy. Brown told Frontstretch, “As of right now, with all the nos that I’ve got in my sponsorship corner, I got to say that it looks like there will be other drivers driving the No. 68.”
NASCAR’s Austin Dillon will be driving No. 68 in the upcoming Xfinity race in Indianapolis.
“Even looking at Indianapolis this weekend, I reached out to a lot of teams,” Brown says. “A team reached out and told me that basically, it’s because of the partnerships they have.”
“Their current partners wouldn’t want to associate with what happened. So it does make it hard to find a seat because if you do find a seat, you’re going to be working with team that have current working relationships and their partners are going to have to approve or disapprove with having Brandon Brown in the car.”
Brown won his first Xfinity Series in October 2021 – the day his name became infamous. With four top ten finishes so far in 2022, the race car driver is ranked 14th. While he won’t be driving full-time the rest of the season, Brown expects to compete in a few select races.
Watch the interview here.
Original reporting by Dalton Hopkins at Frontstretch.
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