New Hampshire Raceway – Controversy erupted on Sunday, as Lyle Bennett’s No. 19 Car kneeled during the national anthem at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The two year old, neon green striped stock car quietly sunk down to the ground as the crowd color-coordinated the American flag from the stands. Its sponsor logos only partially visible amidst the sea of its competitors. Its morale noticeably deflated.
Although its behavior was quiet and peaceful, critics accused the car of blatant disrespect of the flag and the nation’s military.
Outraged fans could be heard booing, as the car emerged from the pit halfway through the race. Some shouted at the Toyota engine model and told it to go back to its country.
Neither Bennet, nor the No. 19 vehicle were available for comment.