Is anyone all that surprised when someone associated with NASCAR continually spouts racist, ignorant garbage? Not really. Sure, it's an image the league is trying to move past, but Bruton Smith, an owner of several NASCAR tracks, is sure making it hard. The guy is full of more hot air than all the tires on a NASCAR track combined, and in his latest bigoted attack against Homestead-Miami Speedway, he wonders if Miamians sing the Cuban national anthem.
Homestead-Miami Speedway hosts the Ford Championship Weekend, the last hurrah of the NASCAR season when the champ is crowned. Smith, of course, doesn't care much for the speedway and would much rather see the final race held at one of the many tracks owned by his company, Speedway Motorsports Inc.
He has continually made that point with ridiculous, ignorant comments.
In 2009 he wondered, "Why would you have the final race of the year in some godforsaken place that's near Cuba?"
Then, last year he added, "If you're going to do a championship, you've got to do it at the proper place, and I don't think North Cuba is the proper place."
This year's version of the sentiment is perhaps the worst yet. Here's an exchange Smith had with Dustin Long of Landmark Media:
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Long: "You've repeatedly referred to Homestead as North Cuba. You've said things like that. If you said things like that on Homestead, aren't you being hypocritical?''
Smith: "Tell us where it is located. Is it not really in North Cuba?''
Long: "It's in the United States.''
Smith: "Yes, but isn't it really in North Cuba?... Do you sing the Cuban national anthem in North Cuba [his reference to Homestead]?
Long: "No, they don't.''
Smith: "Well, they should.''
He's implying that Cuban-Americans aren't real Americans. That they perhaps shouldn't be singing "The Star-Spangled Banner," even though many took giant risks -- the kind that a privileged white billionaire like Smith would never understand -- for a chance to come to America and escape a communist dictatorship. To suggest they should be singing the national anthem of Castro's Cuba is a harsh insult.
He's also implying that, well, only gringos watch NASCAR. Which, as long as people like Smith influence the sport, might continue to be the case.