Richard Petty says he'd fire NASCAR drivers who protest national anthem


"If they do not appreciate where they are ... what got them where they are at?"

Richard Childress team owner of drivers Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon and Paul Menard and longtime vehicle owner of Dale Earnhardt, said any protest of the anthem will "get you a ride on a Greyhound bus".

While a number of NFL players protested the national anthem or sat out the anthem altogether during Sunday's games, Richard Childress and Richard Petty were among the team owners who said they wouldn't support a similar movement within NASCAR.

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When asked if a protester at Richard Petty Motorsports would be fired, he said, "You're right".

Longtime team owner Richard Childress said he told his team that protesting would "get you a ride on a Greyhound bus". So many people gave their lives for it. One team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, stayed in the locker room during "The Star-Spangled Banner".

Richard Childress, owner of Richard Childress Racing, also said he would not tolerate any drivers who do not stand during the anthem. "It's a big deal for us to honor America".

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FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 11: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevrolet, pace the field behind the pacecar prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 11, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. "I think this sport has a certain way they look at things".

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