’s response to the new policy proposed by Democrats that would increase taxes on NASCAR drivers.
The policy, which would raise the tax rate on the top earning drivers in the sport, is aimed at raising more funds to cover the cost of NASCAR’s operations. Petty, who is the second highest earning driver in the series, has gone on the offensive, calling the policy unfair and vowing to fight it.
In a statement released today, Johnson expressed his disappointment in the response from his co-owner and rival. “I’m disappointed to see Richard Petty take such a hard stance on this issue. As drivers, we all share the same passion for the sport and so I would have thought we would have been able to work together on this issue instead of him taking such a confrontational approach.”
Johnson also suggested that Petty’s refusal to accept responsibility was a missed opportunity to show leadership in the sport. “If this issue is going to be tackled head-on, then it needs leadership from those of us at the top. Richard Petty could have taken the opportunity to set an example, but instead chose to blame others and avoid responsibility.”
The feud between the two drivers has been simmering for some time, with Petty accusing Johnson of not being “tough enough” to win races. With Petty’s latest statement, the rivalry between the two drivers looks set to escalate further.
The NASCAR community will be keenly watching the situation as it develops, with the potential for the situation to explode further.
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