WATCH: Florida Governor and US president candidate Ron DeSantis gets booed by race fans during his visit to Knoxville Nationals Sprint Car event
Ron DeSantis and Iowa governor Kim Reynolds attended the Knoxville Nationals Sprint Car event on Saturday evening.
Ron DeSantis, Knoxville Race (Credits: Brandon Bell| 2023 Getty Images, World of Outlaws)
Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida and candidate for the 2024 United States presidential election, attended the Knoxville Nationals sprint car race on Saturday evening. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds also joined DeSantis for the event. The 44-year-old visited Knoxville after campaigning at the Iowa State Fair. DeSantis and Reynolds were featured speakers for the pre-program before the Knoxville race.
Ron DeSantis gave his speech ahead of the national anthem. However, Reynolds and DeSantis were met with mixed reactions. They faced backlash as some fans who were there to attend the race booed them. However, there were some who cheered. One person yelled, “If you win, take her with you.”
Ron DeSantis’s visit to the race came after his busy three-day campaign in Iowa. Currently, he occupies the second place in national polls and hopes the Hawkeye State would favor him. Some of them expressed that they did not want politics involved in the sports world and did not want political attention. At the same time, other crowd sessions were supporters of the former US President and DeSantis’s rival, Donald Trump, for the Republican party’s seat.
The race was won by the 2021 NASCAR Cup series champion Kyle Larsson, who started on pole. Young Money proved once again why he is already considered one of the best dirt racers of all time. Larson will be hoping to recreate the success on Monday at Indy,
Donald Trump was featured in the Knoxville event in 2015
The Knoxville Raceway began hosting automobile races in 1901 and calls itself the sprint car capital of the world. Presidential campaigning at the racetrack is not new, as Trump sponsored a car in 2015. He tried finding new ways to campaign and sponsored Bruce Williams’ car driven by Roger Crockett at Knoxville Raceway.
Crockett’s car featured Trump’s logo, which said, “Make America Great Again.” The team revealed that he helped with tires and fuel. During the campaigns at race tracks, the goal is to capture the attention of fans and gain votes. Hence, the candidates appear at these events and use the platform.
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