Richard Childress team owner of drivers Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon and Paul Menard and longtime auto owner of Dale Earnhardt, said any protest of the anthem will "get you a ride on a Greyhound bus". "This is America", Childress reportedly said.
There were no protests of the "Star-Spangled Banner" by members of the NASCAR community during their Cup series race outside Concord, N.H. this weekend.
"Anybody that don't stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country". "If they don't appreciate where they're at ... what got them where they're at?"
The comments from the NASCAR owners come as NFL players took part in protests at games across the country after Trump slammed players who take a knee, rather than stand, during the national anthem. "The United States", Petty said in comments reported by The AP.
Richard Childress, owner of Richard Childress Racing, also said he would not tolerate any drivers who do not stand during the anthem. "I told them anyone who works for me should respect the country we live in". So many people gave our lives for it.
Additionally, longtime owner Richard Childress said that any driver or crew member protest will "get you a ride on a Greyhound bus".
The stance shared by Petty and Childress differentiates from how several National Football League owners responded to the unrest created by divisive remarks President Donald Trump made in a speech Friday.
During a rally in Alabama on Friday, President Donald Trump criticized NFL players who protest the national anthem, saying he wished NFL owners would "fire" the players and say "Get that son of a b-- off the field right now".