Yet another NASCAR superstar enters the anthem controversy fray Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 21: Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 DOW Chevrolet, stands on the grid with his girlfriend, Whitney Ward, prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 21, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

As much as the NFL has found itself in the middle of the discussion surrounding the national anthem controversy, NASCAR has also found itself being looked at closely, particularly after President Trump singled out the sport for not “[putting] up with disrespecting our country and our flag.” In fact, superstars such as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski have all utilized their social media channels to express their opinions on the subject.

And now it’s Austin Dillon’s turn.

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Currently smack dab in the middle of the NASCAR playoffs race, and driving for the chance to win this year’s championship, Austin was asked during a recent radio interview what he thought about the hoopla.

And he didn’t hold back.

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“I’m really focused on the playoffs right now and just going out there, but I always stand for the national anthem because of those that allow me to do what I do every weekend,” he said. “The military men and women out there that sacrificed their lives to allow me to go race on Sundays in a country that is free. So I enjoy giving back what little I can to those who have fought for our country and died. I’ve got a few guys and military buddies that text me and love seeing us stand for the flag. So that’s what I do. Past that, I’m here to race and enjoy racing.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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