On Tuesday, President Obama will host Nascar champion Tony Stewart and a group of Nascar executives at the White House. How does a president who spends his weekends playing golf and basketball bring Nascar fans into his camp? We called Dave “Mudcat” Saunders, a political strategist who’s spent years advising Democrats on how to appeal to red-state voters, to find out.

What do you think of President Obama inviting Tony Stewart to the White House next Tuesday?

Tony Stewart adds extra credibility. He’s what a Nascar driver used to be like. He’s a throwback driver, he’s rough-and-tumble. A lot of older fans really like him. Smoke—that’s his nickname—he’s well thought of in garage areas. Anything that Obama can do to soften himself with the rural culture is a good thing. I think it’s a real smart move.