Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Thursday was a roller coaster of a day for Xfinity Series driver Brandon Brown and the Brandonbilt Motorsports team.

Unfortunately for them, they’re at the point of the ride where they’re barreling downhill and may be about to throw up. And it’s at least partially their own fault.

It all started Thursday morning when Brandon Brown tweeted: “I’m excited to welcome @LGBcoin_io aboard my No. 68 Chevrolet Camaro as our 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series full-season primary partner!” and included a link to a press release announcing the news.

“LGBcoin is a new, decentralized meme cryptocurrency similar to other meme coins and tokens such as Dogecoin and Shiba Inu, that has achieved a market capitalization of more than $300 million in less than six months. The patriotic coin dubbed “America’s Coin” aims to inspire positivity and unity, grounded in a strong belief of the American dream,” the press release reads.

“We are proud to support Brandon this season, to help him continue his American dream,” says James Koutoulas, founder of Typhoon Capital Management, in the release. “If we do our job right, when you think of us, and you hear, ‘Let’s Go Brandon,’ you’ll think and feel, ‘Let’s Go America.’”

At first glance, this was great news. Every team wants a full-season primary sponsor, especially a small family team like Brandonbilt. But immediately, the NASCAR community started to raise red flags.

First, how could a meme coin afford to sponsor a race team for a full season? Is this a legit sponsor or just a “pump and dump” scam full of smoke and mirrors where a check will never clear, as we’ve seen in the past?

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After the long weekend we experienced at Talladega — with three wild races all ending with first-time winners, and the ultimate capper of Bubba Wallace making history with his first career win after a strong charge to the front before the rains hit — there’s a lot that can be said.

I could talk about all the “firsts” that happened with Bubba’s win at Talladega, and there’s a lot of them, but that’s been covered ad nauseam. 

I could talk about the historical importance of Bubba’s win — but all you have to do is watch Bubba’s emotional interview after the win was announced and you’ll see in his eyes and hear it in his voice as he absorbs the reality of what he’s achieved and why it matters. I couldn’t say it any better than he did in that interview, nor would I try. And if you as a fan can listen to that interview, and still try to claim that this isn’t a significant win, I suggest you learn a little bit about history. 

The two big stories I see coming out of this weekend are that the underdogs can come out on top with enough dedication and hard work over many years, and that our nation still has some work to do until the type of milestone achieved by Bubba on Monday is no longer a newsworthy event.

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