Donald Trump’s Make America Great Again message will be reaching speeds of 185 mph this weekend during a NASCAR race that’s already building a buzz.
The specialty themed Trump vehicle will be rounding the lanes and pumping up supporters of the Republican presidential candidate during the Fred’s Pharmacy 250 at Talladega Superspeedway Saturday.
Twenty-year-old native Texan and rookie NASCAR driver Austin Wayne Self will attempt to take the checkered flag at Talladega in AM Racing’s No. 22 Trump-Pence, Make America Great Again tribute truck, and Self said he could not be more proud.
“Trump and his values are in line with my beliefs,” Self wrote in a statement on his website. “I’m a big supporter of his business background and believe his experience is what this country has been waiting for. I am really excited to show my support.”
And though he is a big supporter of Trump, Self said the ultimate goal is to get people to the polls.
“This was a personal decision between me, my father and the team, with the goal being to get people’s attention and get people out to vote,” Self said in an interview Friday after taking the truck for qualifying runs.
Self said the response to the truck at Talladega has been overwhelmingly positive.
“It has been really cool,” he said. “People have been pulling out cameras and and wanting photos.”
AM Racing is footing the bill for the Trump truck, and representatives for AM Racing said the sponsorship of the truck is not authorized by the candidate or any of the candidate’s committees.
The owner of AM Racing, Tim Self, shares in backing the Trump message saying that if the Trump-Pence truck makes a small difference this election, then AM Racing and the Self family will have done their part this election year.
Austin Self said the one thing that drew him into the Trump camp, like many of Trump’s supporters, is that he feels Trump is not a politician.
“He a businessman and the kind of guy we need running our country,” Self said.
The race is part of NASCAR’s 2016 Camping World Truck Series. Self is currently ranked 16th in the series.
Self takes Trump’s message and both of their quests for a win to the raceway at noon on Saturday, Oct. 22. You can see the race on Fox Sports 1.