Brandon Brown, The NASCAR Driver Behind the ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Chants, Defiantly Breaks His Silence

Published 12/20/2021, 4:42 PM EST
CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA – MAY 28: Brandon Brown, driver of the #68 Brandonbilt Foundations Chevrolet, looks on in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco Uniforms 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28, 2021 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)


Brandon Brown is best known for two reasons. Firstly, he was one of three first-time winners at the Talladega Superspeedway. Secondly, he is also known for his “Let’s go Brandon” chant, which later got turned into a political meme. The 28-year-old recently wrote an open letter describing his feelings about the whole saga, as well as his fears.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

When he won at Talladega, the driver confessed that it was an incredible moment for him and his supporters. In fact, he had dreamed about that moment for his entire life. However, he could not predict what would happen during that fateful post-race interview. He accidentally became famous for the ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ chant. It soon turned spread everywhere, even as far as the political arena.

He said, “I am fully aware that the millions of Americans chanting my name know little about me or about my winning the Talladega race that day. But I have spent the last few weeks getting to know more about them, and I’d like to share a little more about myself.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

What was Brandon Brown so worried about?

He revealed that in the aftermath of the race and interview, he was advised to lie low. This was because nobody knew how others would react, especially the sponsors. This was absolutely crucial because in NASCAR, not many drivers can last long without sponsors. It was a difficult decision because that maiden win inundated him with press requests and he was worried that his sponsors would leave him.

BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN – JUNE 08: Brandon Brown, driver of the #86 Vero Chevrolet, walks to his car during qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series LTi Printing 250 at Michigan International Speedway on June 08, 2019 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)

“Ninety-nine percent of my time this upcoming NASCAR season will be spent trying to take the next lap a little faster. But, when I have the opportunity and the time, I am not going to hesitate to speak about issues I am passionate about, or the problems we face together as Americans.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

How you vote is none of my business. Instead, I will use what free time I have to highlight the struggle we all feel and share, as Americans.

To my fans, to NASCAR fans and to everyone who has chanted my name: I dedicate myself this upcoming season to compete hard on the racetrack and to spotlight issues that are important to me and to millions of Americans across the country.”

Let’s Go America

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Brandon Brown insists he wants to stay as far away from politics as possible. His primary duty is to hop in the car, be as quick as possible, and gun for wins. The only thing the driver will be looking forward to is the 2022 Xfinity Series season.

DIVE DEEPER

2021 Race Winner Brandon Brown Was Forced to Run a For-Sale Banner on his Car

3 months ago

Enjoyed reading this article? Download our exclusive app to get 24x7 coverage, latest memes and social media banter. Click here to download.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Dhruv George

12561 articles

Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT