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NASCAR Scraps Plans For Bubba Watson's General Lee Car Promotion (Confederate flag)
sports business daily ^ | 2-2012

Posted on 04/10/2012 6:59:45 PM PDT by doug from upland

Golfer Bubba Watson’s plans to “drive a parade lap around Phoenix International Raceway in the original General Lee car” from the show "The Dukes of Hazzard" before the March 4 Sprint Cup Series race “have been scrapped,” according to Jim Utter of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. The problem is "the Confederate flag image" on the roof of the car. NASCAR Managing Dir of Integrated Marketing Communications David Higdon on Friday said, "NASCAR, International Speedway Corp. and Phoenix International Raceway officials discussed this and decided it was not in the best interest of our sport.” He added, "The image of the Confederate flag is not something that should play an official role in our sport as we continue to reach out to new fans and make NASCAR more inclusive" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 2/18). Watson said, “NASCAR was built on moonshining, so the show was built on moonshining. I thought it was fun. I didn’t buy the car to get publicity; I bought it because I love it” (AP, 2/17). YAHOO SPORTS’ Jay Busbee wrote the decision is “going to rile up hardcore fans, but so be it.” NASCAR has to “play to a larger fanbase now” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 2/17).


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bubbawatson; confedflag; generalleecar; masterschamp
It is only a matter of time until the NAACP and others cause Bubba some grief.
1 posted on 04/10/2012 6:59:53 PM PDT by doug from upland
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To: All

Updated Jan 24, 2012 5:21 AM ET

Golfer Bubba Watson has paid $110,000 for the car made famous by “The Dukes of Hazzard,” the General Lee.

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Hundreds of similar 1969 Dodge Chargers were used and wrecked in the filming of the TV series between 1979 and 1985, but Watson’s was the first ever used and can be seen jumping over a police car during the opening credits, FOX News reported.

“Lee 1” spent most of its life in a junkyard after being wrecked filming its famous flight through the Georgia sky.

It still had a trunk full of cement ballast when it was purchased by the president of the North American General Lee fan club for less than $1,000 about a decade ago.

Since then it has been fully restored to the original, imperfect condition it was in when it was brought to Oxford College on Veteran’s Day in 1978 to film the iconic scene.

More than 300 other General Lees would follow it during the seven-year run of the program.

Watson, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, revealed on Twitter that he picked up the vehicle at the Barrett-Jackson auctions in Scottsdale, Ariz., over the weekend.


2 posted on 04/10/2012 7:03:05 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: doug from upland

this is how freedom is undermined by liberal bean
counters, just look how this country has changed,
it’s sickening.


3 posted on 04/10/2012 7:03:19 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: doug from upland
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4 posted on 04/10/2012 7:06:12 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: doug from upland

...being replaced with a picture of Che?


5 posted on 04/10/2012 7:06:28 PM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: doug from upland

your “sport” can go hugga root


6 posted on 04/10/2012 7:07:03 PM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: doug from upland

NASCAR is intent on flushing itself down the toilet.


7 posted on 04/10/2012 7:07:55 PM PDT by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: doug from upland

Et tu, NASCAR??

(Not a big NASCAR fan, myself - but always considered them to be one of the last bastions of benign contempt for Liberal Whining.. No more, I guess..)


8 posted on 04/10/2012 7:08:57 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: doug from upland

Maybe they can get the Black Panthers to fill all those empty seats.


9 posted on 04/10/2012 7:10:27 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: tet68
NASCAR stopped being "real" when they made the conscious decision to abandon their Southern roots and become a big-time sports spectacle aimed at a broad audience of non-serious fans. The South is littered with classic old stock car racing venues that have been abandoned over the years as NASCAR expanded into large metropolitan areas.

Just run through a list of some of the people they've hired to perform at their major races. Lenny Kravitz was one of the highlights of the pre-race ceremonies at the last Daytona 500. Does that sound like a stock car racing event to anyone here?

Like it or not, that's the way corporate America works.

10 posted on 04/10/2012 7:10:43 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: doug from upland

Maybe they can get a pacifier manufacturer to put something on the General Lee car. Or maybe tidy-bowl will sponsor it.


11 posted on 04/10/2012 7:11:18 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: doug from upland

The beginning of the end of NASCAR.

I haven’t actually followed NASCAR since Glenn ‘Fireball’ Roberts died.

No more Pontiacs either.

The end of the Republic.


12 posted on 04/10/2012 7:15:54 PM PDT by x1stcav (There's a bunch of us out here spoiling for a fight.)
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To: Uncle Ike
Good Rebs I guess NASCAR will be upset when these folks show up.
13 posted on 04/10/2012 7:18:31 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American that a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: cripplecreek

Thanks. Great Pic.


14 posted on 04/10/2012 7:21:02 PM PDT by captnorb
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To: doug from upland

I do not recall any claims at the time that the show or the car was “racist.”

It is fascinating that just a little over a quarter century ago the flag on the car wasn’t an issue, but now it is.


15 posted on 04/10/2012 7:22:57 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: All

16 posted on 04/10/2012 7:23:18 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: doug from upland

They have every right in the world to fly the confederate flag, but I don’t like the confederate flag! And I have the right not to like it!


17 posted on 04/10/2012 7:25:33 PM PDT by ForAmerica (Conservative Christian Black Man!)
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To: Alberta's Child
"Lenny Kravitz was one of the highlights of the pre-race ceremonies at the last Daytona 500"

And Lionel Richie was a key player at the Country Music Awards.

Can the slope get any more slippery?

18 posted on 04/10/2012 7:25:39 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: tet68

Probably will allow 2 fags driving a rainbow car or even a communist flag but confederate flag....NOOOOOOOOOOOOO.


19 posted on 04/10/2012 7:26:29 PM PDT by max americana
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To: ForAmerica

I understand and agree. NASCAR, as other companies, does not want controversy. They want fans, no trouble, and a big income stream.


20 posted on 04/10/2012 7:29:11 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: doug from upland
I think on the day after the Nov. 2012 Election results are broadcast (they already have the results, I think), I'm flying the stars 'n bars on my front lawn.

It would be great if all PROUD Americans, who eschew political correctness, would do the same.

21 posted on 04/10/2012 7:32:36 PM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: traditional1

I’m not from the South. :)


22 posted on 04/10/2012 7:40:44 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: Sherman Logan

As a Northerner from a family that never had a dog in that fight, I have never completely understood how that flag has been transformed from an interesting historical artifact to the equivalent of a white sheet with holes in it - in only 30 or 40 years.

At this rate, I’ll bet in five years it will be edited/blurred out of films and videos.


23 posted on 04/10/2012 7:43:37 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: doug from upland
"I’m not from the South. :)"

Me neither....I'm from Ohio

24 posted on 04/10/2012 7:46:31 PM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: doug from upland
You watch. You're going to see thousands of General Lee 1 and Confederate flags at the next event...I guarantee it.

These are real fans, not wimps and wusses.

25 posted on 04/10/2012 7:46:54 PM PDT by evad (STOP SPENDING, STOP SPENDING, STOP SPENDING. It's the SPENDING Stupid)
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To: doug from upland
You watch. You're going to see thousands of General Lee 1 and Confederate flags at the next event...I guarantee it.

These are real fans, not wimps and wusses.

26 posted on 04/10/2012 7:47:01 PM PDT by evad (STOP SPENDING, STOP SPENDING, STOP SPENDING. It's the SPENDING Stupid)
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To: Alberta's Child

Yep, took out Winston and replaced it with Nextel. I went to Daytona when it was still the Winston Cup and still have my Winston Tower admission. Went several years later as Nextel. I thought I was at the mall. The distancing of tobacco sponsorships, IMHO was the start of the end of regional identity. I think. I do remember receiving 2 cartons of a Winston finest from the hospitality tent hosted by Champion.. I thought that was interesting as 14 year old kid , (1984). Brought that stuff back to NJ and made $20. My pop did not appreciate the entrepreneurial opportunity this parented in HS, nor did the admins. Different times I guess, smoking was allowed on school grounds.


27 posted on 04/10/2012 7:49:43 PM PDT by guyfromjrz (fresh breath, it speaks for itself.)
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To: traditional1

I was born in lovely Cleveland. While my parents were alive, I thanked them often for having the good sense to move to SoCal when I was 5.


28 posted on 04/10/2012 8:01:49 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: guyfromjrz

I can remember smoking was allowed IN school during school hours.


29 posted on 04/10/2012 8:01:49 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: doug from upland
They want fans, no trouble, and a big income stream.

The problem is that their income stream has already been interrupted - in a big way. the Great Øbozo Misery tour is hitting NASCAR just like everyone else. They can ill afford to alienate their base - folks who like the General Lee and don't mind or care about that flag.

30 posted on 04/10/2012 8:12:35 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: doug from upland
Only a matter of time before NASCAR drivers wear skirts.
31 posted on 04/10/2012 8:19:27 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Alberta's Child

Yep, took out Winston and replaced it with Nextel. I went to Daytona when it was still the Winston Cup and still have my Winston Tower admission. Went several years later as Nextel. I thought I was at the mall. The distancing of tobacco sponsorships, IMHO was the start of the end of regional identity. I think. I do remember receiving 2 cartons of a Winston finest from the hospitality tent hosted by Champion.. I thought that was interesting as 14 year old kid , (1984). Brought that stuff back to NJ and made $20. My pop did not appreciate the entrepreneurial opportunity this parented in HS, nor did the admins. Different times I guess, smoking was allowed on school grounds.


32 posted on 04/10/2012 8:44:31 PM PDT by guyfromjrz (fresh breath, it speaks for itself.)
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To: doug from upland

The people who hate the confederate flag will still call nascar racist regardless of what they do.The dumbasses running the show in nascar need to wake up to this,Its idiotic.I suppose nascar should make all the drivers wear hoodies instead.


33 posted on 04/10/2012 9:24:35 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: rockrr

I agree, the General Lee is a part of history whether you like it or not. I was a kid when the show started- could care less about the flag and do not find it offensive whatsoever.


34 posted on 04/10/2012 10:14:55 PM PDT by mriguy67
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To: mriguy67

What I find offensive is when they play the Mexican national anthem at a US soccer game


35 posted on 04/10/2012 10:18:03 PM PDT by mriguy67
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To: doug from upland

Replace the stars and bars with a hammer and sickle, and the media would adore and applaud him.


36 posted on 04/10/2012 10:22:59 PM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: cripplecreek

Thx for the new desktop wallpaper... : D


37 posted on 04/10/2012 10:23:51 PM PDT by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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To: mriguy67

In baseball, when Toronto plays, they play the Canadian and our national anthem. If it is a team from Mexico playing a US team, I have no problem with both national anthems. I suspect, however, you are talking about two US teams on our soil. That is truly disgusting.


38 posted on 04/10/2012 10:32:46 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: doug from upland
Do they still teach American History in School?

What's next, black bars covering the redacted parts of the school books?

39 posted on 04/10/2012 10:35:49 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: Kickass Conservative

If they do teach history, they do not do it very well. It is all about their leftist agenda.


40 posted on 04/10/2012 10:44:23 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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THE AUCTION =

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/01/21/barrett-jackson-2012-dukes-of-hazzard-1969-dodge-charger-genera/


41 posted on 04/10/2012 10:47:56 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: ForAmerica

I have the right not to like it either.

Let her fly!


42 posted on 04/10/2012 11:06:10 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: doug from upland

43 posted on 04/10/2012 11:37:17 PM PDT by caveat emptor (Zippity Do Dah)
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To: ForAmerica

“They have every right in the world to fly the confederate flag, but I don’t like the confederate flag! And I have the right not to like it!”

Amen. I don’t either, I’m American.

(but they do have the right, as you said)

Haven’t posted in a year...maybe more. Not sure. Point is, your post deserved support.


44 posted on 04/10/2012 11:51:26 PM PDT by NucSubs
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To: caveat emptor

Strange thing is the Aztec Empire used the rainbow flag when they fought Cortez and his Spaniards. They were anything but Gay.


45 posted on 04/11/2012 4:55:12 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: doug from upland

Yes,, Here it comes leading the pack for the parade lap,, the fans rise..

IT’s the NooseCar gRand Marshal, Bubba.. driving the Dixie Special.. Listen to the crowd erupt!

another ‘hole in one’ for the grand ol’ poohbah circuit


46 posted on 04/11/2012 9:46:40 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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