‘Merica. When I think of ‘Merica, I think of barbeque and chili and pick-up trucks and stars and stripes and yee-haws and denim jeans and baseball caps and a woo-hoo and a sea of people proudly standing at citizens’ attention while the “rocket’s red glare and the bombs bursting in air” is unapologetically blasted over the sound system at the Phoenix International Speedway.
As I stood in the Pit, my coveted NASCAR Hot Pass around my neck, directly in front of the #39 Quicken Loans Race Car awaiting our driver, Ryan Newman, I couldn’t help but think THIS is ‘Merica.
I don’t think I ever really understood what being ‘Merican was all about or ever really experienced it myself before this trip. I’m a city slicker for all intents and purposes. I know suburbia, but NASCAR? I don’t know a thing about NASCAR.
I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to the world of NASCAR thanks to the awesome opportunity Oral-B extended to me to help promote their Built in the USA campaign. Not only did I get to promote American manufacturing, I got to witness Oral-B presenting a $100,000 check to Hope for the Warriors to help them connect veterans with civilian employment opportunities.
For those of you who are looking for a way to continue the support products that are Built in the USA, take a note: the Oral-B Pro-Health® All-in-One manual toothbrush is built in Iowa City, Iowa and has been since 1949. When you buy one of these brushes not only are you buying a great product, you’re supporting American manufacturing, which I think is pretty cool and totally ‘Merican.
And speaking of ‘Merican, I truly have a greater appreciation for NASCAR and NASCAR culture! If you’ve never experienced it, do it! You won’t regret it! It is truly is a uniquely American experience.
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