LOUDON, NH - SEPTEMBER 24: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota, stands during the national anthem prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 24, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Several team owners and executives said they wouldn’t tolerate anyone in their organizations protesting. They could be fired if they had.
“It’ll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus,” Richard Childress, who was Dale Earnhardt’s long time team owner, said of protesting. “Anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people gave their lives for it. This is America.”
Richard Petty and Richard Childress made it public they expected their teams to stand during Sunday's national anthem in New Hampshire. pic.twitter.com/R1lawMFoAo
As the NFL, NBA and MLB have seen players, owners and teams protest and remark on social media in the wake of President Donald Trump's comments Friday and throughout the weekend about athletes who peacefully protest during the national anthem, several NASCAR owners weighed in.
Richard Petty was asked if drivers protesting during the anthem would be fired, and he said, “You’re right.”
“Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country. Period. What got ’em where they’re at? The United States,” Petty said.