Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/18/14

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 20: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet, stands next to his car in the garage prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2009 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity is doing its best to win friends and influence people. With NASCAR fans, there's no better face to put forward than Dale Earnhardt Jr. But how will that work with the Democratic fans? We'll find out next week in Charlotte, NC, when the Democratic National Convention comes to town. On Tuesday, delegates are invited by the coalition to the ultimate NASCAR outing at Charlotte Motor Speedway, starting with Richard Petty Driving Experience ride-alongs in the morning; a lunch with Earnhard Jr., stock car racing's most popular driver; and an open bar in the Speedway Club until 3 p.m. Transportation will be provided from the delegates' hotels. Earnhardt has not expressed his political leanings publicly, but Petty, a die-hard Republican, ran for secretary of state in North Carolina in 1996. He was defeated by Democrat Elaine Marshall. However, NASCAR has never hidden its political leanings. Two weeks ago, NASCAR chairman Brian France held ...
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