Cup Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)

Published on April 2nd, 2009 | by Michael J Smith


Story That Obama Ordered Dodge, Chevy Out Of NASCAR Still Making News

One day after Car and Driver ran its April Fool’s day hoax article claiming that President Obama ordered Chevrolet and Dodge out of NASCAR as a condition of receiving bailout funds, the story is still making news.

Sandra Rose of wrote:

Just when we thought we could take a breather from Barack Obama’s wacky policies, he reached across the Atlantic today to drop another one on us. … Naturally, NASCAR fans are outraged.

At first, I wasn’t sure if she was taking this story seriously, or was attempting to further the joke. But, after reading her blog entry,  I’m shocked to find that she took the story at face value considering it was clearly labeled an April Fool’s day joke.

C&D pulled the story and apologized saying they went “too far.” They also said that they have “a proud tradition of irreverent editorial and we amplify that each year with our April Fool’s Day joke.”

But, that didn’t stop Denny Darnell, of Dodge’s motorsports program, from writing in an email that he has “been in this business more than 30 years and [he has] never seen a story so irresponsible,” according to a USA Today story.

Chattanooga, TN’s News Channel 9 also reported on the “frenzy” surrounding this story. The Autoblog and the Orlando Sentinel also covered the prank.

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Michael J. Smith is a NASCAR enthusiast and blogger. In addition to founding this website, Michael is a journalist with over a decade of experience writing for prestigious media organizations.

5 Responses to Story That Obama Ordered Dodge, Chevy Out Of NASCAR Still Making News

  1. rookie says:

    not sure what is funnier- the April Fool’s prank itself or the fact people are taking this so seriously.

  2. leadlap says:

    The fact that people are taking it so seriously is what’s so funny to me. I could see if they didn’t mark it as an April Fool’s day joke, but it said it clearly.

    Most people probably saw the headline and freaked without reading the article.

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  4. leadlap says:

    Apparently C&D did not label the article a hoax initially. They added the text to the article after people became outraged.

    My mistake.

  5. matt says:

    This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

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