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Romney to attend Richmond Cup race

September 07, 2012, NASCAR Wire Service,

Earlier this week, the presidential race moved into the heart of NASCAR country when the Democratic National Convention came to Charlotte, N.C.

On Saturday, the campaign will go on the road with the Sprint Cup Series when Republican candidate Mitt Romney drops in on the last race before the Chase field is set.

This won't be the first race of the season for Romney, who attended the Daytona 500 in February. Romney enjoys considerable support in the NASCAR community. In mid-August, NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France and team owner Rick Hendrick hosted a fund-raiser for the GOP nominee at the Duke Mansion in the upscale Myers Park section of Charlotte.

Romney's posture toward the automotive industry, however, has been an issue in the campaign. Under the headline "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt," Romney wrote an op-ed piece that appeared in the Nov. 18, 2008, edition of The New York Times opposing a bailout for U.S. automakers.