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Out of all professional sports, NASCAR's response to the national anthem protests has been the strongest of them all.

NASCAR great and owner Richard Petty didn't mince words as he talked with the Associated Press. “Anybody that won't stand up for the anthem ought to be out of the country. Period. What got 'em where they're at? The United States," Petty said.

Dale Earnhardt's long-time friend and team owner Richard Childress didn't hold back, either. “It'll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus,“ Childress remarked. ”Anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people gave their lives for it. This is America."

When the national anthem played at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup on Sunday, nobody took a knee.

NASCAR Champion driver Brad Keselowski was spotted next to his wife, Paige, with his hand over his heart.

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So far, the only big-time NASCAR driver to comment on the issue is Dale Earnhardt Jr. Keselowski was told not to share his view on the issue, but he couldn't stay silent.

Keselowski took to Twitter to make his voice heard.

First, he called out the Huffington Post for publishing an article titled: “White Athletes Still Standing For The Anthem Are Standing For White Supremacy”:

Then Keselowski talked about how he believes in honoring America:

He argued against the idea that standing for the anthem disrespects civil rights:

Keselowski made it clear that he doesn't just plan to stand for the anthem but sing along every time he has the chance:

And he finished off with a message for anyone who thinks that patriotism equals racism:

That really says it all.

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