Banks Bailing on Sponsorships to Avoid Backlash

NASCAR, more than any other American sport, will contort its product to meet the needs of its sponsors, especially considering how few are left. Therefore, when America rose as one and demanded banks stop spending frivolously on marketing to try to get more customers to help increase their business, banks dove as one for cover.  Citi Field?  Shame! Chase Field? Horror!

Carl Edwards

(It’s Claritin clear what’s going on here)

This, of course, explains the newly renamed NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America (from the Bank of America 500).  The fall race in Charlotte (at the morally acceptable Lowe’s Motor Speedway) might as well rename the banks in each turn “inclined financial institutions” just to see how gullible the public truly is.

And yet this isn’t close to the worst obfuscation NASCAR had to deal with this week…

Jeremy Mayfield still swears he took the wrong allergy medication cocktail and didn’t commit any violation of the NASCAR drug policy.  Unfortunately, it’s a little difficult to determine what he did wrong since NASCAR isn’t talking about the violation.  Beyond that, no one outside NASCAR’s front office actually knows which drugs are forbidden by the circuit.

NASCAR drivers now want to know what they shouldn’t ingest, but NASCAR prefers to simply state that any abuse of any drug is illegal.  Therefore, just like rules about car setup, NASCAR can change their minds any time they want.  No wonder NASCAR hates the thought of drivers unionizing.

The worst part of all this?  One of the allergy medications Mayfield claims set off the chemical alarms falsely is Claritin-D, which just happens to be one of Carl Edwards’ main sponsors.  NASCAR’s probably angrier about that than the policy violation.  Maybe Mayfield wouldn’t be suspended if he had thrown a generic drug under the pace car.

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