Are CBD Sponsorships Good For NASCAR?

NASCAR said it allows CBD sponsorship as long as the product contains less than 0.3% THC. Should such partnerships be allowed, or is it better for these companies to follow big tobaccos out there?

Josh Roller: If a product is legal to consume, it should be allowed to be sponsored in NASCAR and in any sport. Until a regulatory agency like the FDA says a product needs to be re-evaluated, its sponsorship shouldn’t be questioned. No doubt this will stir up NASCAR Twitter from those who have opinions that are against CBD or like products. But I doubt any NASCAR fan sponsored cigarettes or even alcohol during the Winston era. My only caveat would be that there should be no sponsorship of any kind in a city, county, or state where such a product is not legalized.

Glover hatches: Better to avoid it. In a world where controversy is quick to ignite, this is another problem NASCAR shouldn’t be addressing. It just wouldn’t be appropriate to promote it on the racetrack. The associated health and moral issues can also be gray areas.

Joy Tomlinson: CBD sponsorship could be good for the sport as there are so many different companies out there now. It could offer additional sponsorship to drivers and teams struggling with money. However, it would be best if the branding only appears in states that allow it.

Kyle Busch said he had unsold races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series next year and that could affect his participation. Is it time for Busch to say goodbye to the Xfinity series?

Glove Makers: It arouses anticipation for his performances. While I’m not a fan of constantly seeing NASCAR Cup Series drivers in the lower series, I am also not a fan of practically prohibiting them from doing so. It is challenging to see how good these Xfinity guys are a couple of times a year. Understandably, that’s an unfair advantage for someone like Kyle Busch. But we’ve seen the drivers either marginalized or even beaten Busch in recent years. Justin Allgaier has given the two-time cup winner everything he can in the past two weeks. It also gives the race a big name. If you go to a lower tier sporting event it’s always nice to see a big name there.

Tomlinson: Well he said he would quit after 100 but it’s okay for him to keep going if he still wants to. Other cup drivers also drive in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck series, but are not hated as much as Busch. It’s nice to have a villainous person there as it has kept things interesting over the past few seasons. By the time he is done on this series, his personality would definitely be missing.

Role: No. Busch is supposed to contest his five races per season. If that helps Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota fund races for other drivers, he should definitely be racing. In addition, the reduced number of participants increased the anticipation of the races he had selected.

Only four full-time drivers have won the Truck Series this year, but that will likely soon change with the Cup driver limits. Who will break through next?

Tomlinson: Grant Enfinger looks very close to victory and could make it at Knoxville Raceway. He has three top-five in three starts at Eldora Speedway, including a runner-up in 2018. This season, Enfinger has two straight thirds at Texas Motor Speedway and Nashville Superspeedway. He also has four top fives in the last five events, so I’ll keep an eye on him.

Role: GMS Racing has found speed with Sheldon Creed and Zane Smith in the past two months. It is only a matter of time before Smith finds the winning circle. He is currently one of the few drivers who can challenge John Hunter Nemechek for control of a race.

Glove: Smith appears poised to break through to his first win in 2021. He has improved over the season and finds himself in the mix from time to time. Smith is an extremely talented driver and if everything fits, don’t be surprised if he’s the next regular on the road to victory.

The Nashville Superspeedway was grappling with traffic problems that led to complaints from some fans in attendance. Do you think this will be a lasting memory or was the race good enough to wow the fans?

Role: The problems Nashville faced were nowhere near as disastrous as what Kentucky Speedway suffered in 2011. Another upside for Nashville is that the race was pretty darn good. As long as the issues are resolved for 2022, this year’s traffic issues will be a distant memory.

Glove: Most of the time when going to a race you will come across a racing road sign. In such a highly anticipated race, people will be impatient to get out on the track. It took place in a very strong demographics for racing fans. It was also sold out. There have been worse disasters and I am sure the county and the route will continue to examine how they can improve the flow in the years to come.

Tomlinson: Unfortunately, the traffic problems can leave a more lasting memory for the arriving fans than the race itself. However, I wasn’t there, so I don’t know exactly. The race was pretty good, even with another dominating performance from Kyle Larson, but nothing really seemed to stand out from the afternoon. Hopefully the traffic problems will be resolved by next season. I would like to add that it was nice that NASCAR tried to extend the start time so that more fans can get to the stands before the green flag falls.

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