Five NASCAR drivers invited to meet President Barack Obama at the White House aren't going to show, citing "scheduling conflicts." Nobody's sure whether "scheduling conflicts" means "political views," but thanks to stereotypes associated with NASCAR, nobody's ruling that out.

The president invited 12 drivers from the 2010 Chase to celebrate their successes. The drivers bailing include Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, and Carl Edwards. Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch (who had initially declined), Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth all plan to attend.

While the absentees may indeed have scheduling conflicts, we'd expect that if that were the case, it'd hold true for the majority of those invited. Also, passing on the chance to meet the sitting U.S. president, regardless of one's views, seems like an odd move.


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      zrosum
      • 3 Years Ago
      My guess is the decision has more to do with money than politics. All of these drivers have to answer to big dollar sponsors and team owners. If they have a prior commitment, they are expected to keep it. While it would not surprise me to hear that they are not fans of the President, I really doubt that declining the invite was strictly a personal political decision. It is pretty well know that Jeff Burton is a a conservative with political aspirations he was quoted a few years ago... "I represent a lot of different companies. If you look at the sponsors that every driver works with, I think we have to have a lot of respect for that. You have to really be careful in your public opinions and political views because you are representing a lot of corporations and a lot of people, and I don't think it's fair to pull them into political affairs." He's going.
      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who really cares about Mr. O and Nascar????
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @protovici
        Obviously a LOT of people if you count how many comments there are. You cared enough to comment.
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      Obvious troll headline is obvious.
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      Scheduling conflicts? Disrespectful liars is more like it. A bunch of backwoods hillbillies with fast cars and a few bucks. What else would you expect. And BTW, those stereotypes the article alludes to? They aren't stereo types. They are truths.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michael
        lol@hillbillies Another one who thinks NASCAR fans and drivers are hillbillies. Hillbilly - someone from the hills in the northern or mid-western US The majority of NASCAR drivers are from the south. The 4 drivers who refused aren't even from the south. Greg Biffle - Washington Carl Edwards - Missouri Kevin Harvick - California Tony Stewart - Indiana Neither of them even have southern accents.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michael
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          Carlos Cruz
          • 3 Years Ago
          The report above supports his argument. I believe that George W. Bush is a complete idiot, but that does not mean that I would turn down an invitation to the White House by the President of the USA.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        zeus
        • 3 Years Ago
        I bet you are as ignorant as you sound. PS: first ever black president and be able to tell you kids you met him even if he was the best or worst president ever. some ppl here spend too much time on mtv.com then jump back to AB all high on stupid.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        zeus
        • 3 Years Ago
        He would never invite you also.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        He wouldn't invite someone who doesn't work for a living while driving their mommy's Ridgeline...
          WillieD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          That sounds like who he would invite. Those who don't work hard and have the taxpayers pay for their living.
      Gator
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a bunch of ass hats. Regardless of political views, I would love to meet any president, even Bush jr.
        Jarda
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gator
        That says something about you. They are honest as much as can be while being polite.
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't there are clause in Nascar rulebook about punishing drivers for bringing the sport into disrepute? Because this is it. If a president (legally elected) invetes you for a reception, unless you have a heart surgery or family funeral, put any personal political views behind AND YOU GO. Those drivers just made their sport political - and mixing politics with sports is bad for Nascar as is for soccer...
        Samurai Jack
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Myself
        Exactly. If the champions of baseball, basketball, football and hockey (when an American team wins the Cup) gets invited to the White House, it's not much of a stretch to invite the top drivers in NASCAR. There was a time when respect for the office would have any American answer a call from the President, regardless of their personal opinions of the person holding the office. This lack of respect and increasing political polarization will be the death of the United States. It's becoming increasingly clear that extremists would rather the country burn than see any success for people who disagree with them.
        Jarda
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Myself
        Are you crazy??? President is your servant, not your King so that you would have to leave what you are just doing and run whenever he points at you. Have you people gone nuts???
        Jarda
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Myself
        Going there makes the sport political. I don't know whether you have noticed, but Obama is a politician. I'm not sure if you are even serious. You completely turn reality. :P
        Myself
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Myself
        Sorry for the typos... one hand typing...
      Justin Martino
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, now I have ZERO respect for these Nascar drivers who are too good for our President. Lame move. We are all Americans. Start acting like it. Signed, An American.
      Healthy Chap
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's exactly so special about meeting or discussing with a politician? Oh lawd, he's the president of the United States! *So what?* I've had a chat with the PM of Ontario - and reception or not, it's all PR, there's nothing special about these people aside from the fact that they were elected. Quit glorifying politics ffs.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Healthy Chap
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        Brandon Walter
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Healthy Chap
        Agreed. So what if the President invited them? Drivers don't have to obligate to an invitation. Doesn't matter if you drive in circles for hours on end or play a real sport like hockey or football, there is nothing that says someone MUST go to the White House. Maybe our President should focus on not driving our country into the ground instead of going to talk to NASCAR drivers.
      devinmchls
      • 3 Years Ago
      Everyone saying it's disrespectful needs to remember how many signs of disrespect toward this country the sitting president has shown. The bowing, apologizing, choosing to expand the powers of the executive office to circumvent the checks and balances the constitution puts in place. Just some examples. He is the first president that I feel is truly deserving of such disrespect.
        kingrat001
        • 3 Years Ago
        @devinmchls
        Obama is POTUS now, not Bush. Maybe you forgot.
        Len_A
        • 3 Years Ago
        @devinmchls
        And your post is truly deserving of disrespect.
          Jarda
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Len_A
          Luckily for you he doesn't try to rule your life nor are people calling for your punishment for not giving him a respect.
          Junkyard Willie
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Len_A
          Everyone on Autoblog is ignorant according to Elmo. lol
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Len_A
          Jarda, would you just shut the hell up already? Jesus dude. All you've been doing is showing your ignorance while trying to go against everyone's opinion.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Len_A
          Willie, when it deals with everyone making the assumption that this has to do with race or politics, it's ignorance. Ignorance is also when you don't understand or don't know anything about something, so you have to insult it. Which is where that puts you. You seem to think that just because a motorsport doesn't have any technology that trickles down to the production models, that it's a pointless sport.
        john92lx91gls
        • 3 Years Ago
        @devinmchls
        Not to mention the horrible disresepect many showed President Bush. All of those clammering for "respect for the office of the President" were some of the ones screaming "F--- Bush!" a few years ago. By the way, a few years ago, I had a much higher paying job, a much nicer car, a small but wonderful collection of antique and interesting cars, a nicer place, and hope for the future. Today, I have very little of that life left. It's time to be real about the situation that Obama, his far-left cronies, and their socialist-like mandates have put this country and most of us in within the very short amount of time he's been in office. Bush was in office for 8 years and we came out alright, at this point, it's hard to venture a guess at how much work will have to be done to undo the damage Obama and friends have done to this country. Decades of paying down massive debts thanks to Pork-u-lous and ObamaCare. Decades of rebuilding relationships with Great Britan, Israel, and the other former-allies of ours who Obama has done nothing but XXXX on. Neg me all you want, the truth is the truth.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @john92lx91gls
          "Bush was in office for 8 years and we came out alright..." Oh wow.
          Junkyard Willie
          • 3 Years Ago
          @john92lx91gls
          You're probably unskilled labor. Where in 2011 phones got smarter computers got faster KABOOM! There goes your job buddy.
          Shiftright
          • 3 Years Ago
          @john92lx91gls
          Right, and all of your misfortunes are Obama's fault because we all know that he inherited a perfectly healthy economy. Da Nile ain't just a river
      The Law
      • 3 Years Ago
      This just shows what "NASCAR" is all about, hillbillies, moonshine, ignorance etc. Democrat or Republican, I damn sure wouldn't turned down a invitation to MEET THE PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES AT THE WHITE HOUSE! Hey why don't President Obama invite F1 drivers instead?
        The Law
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Law
        Just another good reason to be an F1 fan.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Law
        Oh look, some other moron referring to NASCAR drivers as "hillbillies". He also brings up ignorance at the same time. Funny because using "hillbilly" to label a NASCAR fan or driver is pretty ignorant. Because most drivers and fans are southern. Hillbillies are from the north and mid-west, where they live in the HILLS.
        MotionDesigner
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Law
        Because sadly there are currently no American F1 drivers. And more sadly, for reasons beyond anything I can logically comprehend, Americans in general are far more interested in watching [mostly] rednecks and hillbillies driving in circles all day rather than watching the best drivers in the world drive the most technologically advanced race cars in the world in the pinnacle of motorsport racing that is known as F1.
          hevace
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MotionDesigner
          Not defending Nascar, but F1 is just as full of BS politics and field-leveling rules.
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