The NRA is Now Sponsoring the NASCAR Race at Texas Motor Speedway, Because of Course they Are

Categories: Guns, Sports

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File this one under things we're surprised to learn didn't happen 50 years ago: the folks at Texas Motor Speedway announced today that the National Rifle Association -- as in the rabidly pro-gun lobbying group -- is now the title sponsor of the NASCAR race there this spring.

But no. This is new. So bid farewell to the AAA Texas 500, as the race was known in honor of the mild-mannered travel organization, and say hello to the NRA 500.

Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's executive vice president, couldn't attend today's media day at TMS, presumably because there are no liberals to troll at a NASCAR track, but he did offer a statement by video: "NRA members and NASCAR fans love their country and everything that is good and right about America. We salute our flag, volunteer at our churches and communities, cherish our families and we love racing."

All that love will be on full display at the NRA 500 on April 13 as tens of thousands of fans show their patriotism by watching brightly lacquered cars go around and around a concrete track. No word yet on whether Michael Waltrip will be driving his special No. 26 car in honor of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook massacre.

But seriously, LaPierre's right. The NASCAR and the NRA were made for each other, sort of like alcohol sponsorships and driving at ridiculously high speeds. We're just waiting for NASCAR to start stocking the infields with white-tailed deer so drivers will have somewhere to aim their AR-15s.

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garlandsucks
garlandsucks

this should be an example next to "preaching to the choir" in the urban dictionary or somesuch

juliannebarnett
juliannebarnett

THE WORST THING NASCAR CAN BE INVOLVED WITH IS  POLITICS.. SO DO THE FIRST 1000 FANS GET A    AK 47   AND AMMO...       BAD IDEA FOR NASCAR....  FANS AND DRIVERS SHOULD BOYCOTT

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

Had high hopes for Eric Nicholson at one time.  Hopes = Dashed.  With every story you write you become more and more irrelevant, less and less credible and thoroughly unreadable.  I'll not be reading another one of your contributions.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Nothin new here, but thanks Eric.NRA sponsored a Nationwide race last year at AMS.Since the shooting at Sandy Hook, the NRA's membership has grown over 100k+.100k x $25 = 2.5 m.To sponsor a NASCAR race is usually 1-1.5m.It's was smart on NRA's part because it is on Sat. night prime time television.They signed a one year deal with 1 year option.

if6were9
if6were9

A real show of patriotism would be if our big business leaders would sign a pledge stating that our country, the United States of America, was more important to them than the free market; and that they'd lift workers' wages well over the inflationary standard of the dollar, so folks could provide better for their kids, and that the business leader dudes(and dudettes) would do this without raising the prices of good/services because the american family is worth more to them than a dollar bill. I know this isn't gonna happen, but that's what true patriotism looks like. Wayne LaPierre's version is better suited for a country music video. :)


Dub919
Dub919

"NRA members and NASCAR fans love their country and everything that is good and right about America. We salute our flag, volunteer at our churches and communities, cherish our families and we love racing."

I am neither NRA Member, nor NASCAR fan.  Does this mean I don't love my country?  I'm glad Wayne is around to remind me that I do not.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

And remember kids - every Thursday is Hard Liquor and Handgun Nite, so BE THERE!!!!

observist
observist topcommenter

Name for the NRA-sponsored NASCAR team:  The Circular Firing Squad

tcudavid
tcudavid

It's not too surprising that Eric Nicholson gets facts wrong on a story.  But then again, he seems to like to throw out shocking statements just to get page views.  Not much real reporting done from that one.

roo_ster
roo_ster

Yes, having one of the largest, if not THE largest, civil rights organizations on the face of the Earth sponsor NASCAR seems odd.  I suggest smelling salts for whom the mixing of NRA and NASCAR is a fainting couch event.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

If only there were a liberal sport of note for an anti-gun organization to sponsor, if only there were an anti-gun organization of note.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

not really surprising, after all enjoyment in shooting guns seems darn congruent with ogling a car crash.

ChrisDangerShow
ChrisDangerShow

Wow, and Eddie Gossage is going through with this. I knew the man liked to make money, but damn...

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Actually there is word on it,  Mikey wont be driving it as that was a one off for Daytona, and they will use the Texas race to debut a new sponsor for the no. 26


Chuck_Schick
Chuck_Schick

AAA Texas 500 is still this November. The change is to the April race, previously known as the Samsung 500. And yes, this bleeding heart is a NASCAR fan. We CAN all get along.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

@if6were9 How are patriotic American families helped if mom or dad's job is eliminated because a company closed its doors when profit margins completely disappeared and they lost too much money? An ExxonMobil that employs thousands upon thousands of people can be seen as quite patriotic if you get your head out of your ass and see the world in realistic economic terms. Phelps is right.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@if6were9 So a real show of patriotism requires a complete rejection of not only economics but basic math?

CraigT42
CraigT42

@Dub919 I am also neither an NRA member or a NASCAR fan, but I am literate, so I can tell that LaPierre never said or even implied that patriotism is limited to members of either organization, just that it was a characteristic prevalent among them. Possibly when you saw the mention of a gun your knickers twisted so tight you were unable to concentrate on reading comprehension.

wilme2
wilme2

@observist Only if it were a rotary engine, which unfortunately, it would not be in NASCAR...

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@roo_ster Exactly, the combination of the two really won't cause fans/supporters of either one to boycott.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

@everlastingphelps 

Another day and more lame witticism from Phelps. The self-importance you wage in your mind is astounding. Because of that you are now christened, "Karl Rove Fucker". 

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@mavdog and they can put down any injured drivers right away.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@ChrisDangerShow NASCAR is all about show me the money, if you  got more than the next guy, you are on the car

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

I shouldhave edited that to say the no 30, the no 26 was a one off as well for the newtown car

if6were9
if6were9

@ScruffygeistThe upper upper management of those companies aren't gonna eliminate their high profit wage earning margins, that's why they're axing folks, so they can keep reigning in their record making high wages......while american families suffer, because they use their lackeys like you and Phelps, who can't seem to grasp this shit, to keep spewing the same asinine shite; over and over. These companies are holding the american people hostage, and are the real terrorist this country is currently facing. But, you company men just won't allow yourselves to see them sitting up on top of their pyramid scheme, sipping lattes and laughing at y'all. :)

if6were9
if6were9

@everlastingphelps @if6were9 No, a real patriot must reject greed, this'll go over your newborn head i'm sure, as we all know that YOU types aren't gonna be doing that anytime soon. Once again, complexities seem to keep on passin' you by. :)

Dub919
Dub919

@CraigT42 I guess my knickers were in a wad from having my "love of country" questioned by a coworker, just five minutes prior to typing my comment, because of my non-membership in the NRA.  

I, too, am literate.  I can also read between the lines.  Whether it was explicitly stated or not, the dog-whistle call-out of people "patriotism" because of non-membership in certain fringe groups is getting pretty tiresome. 

observist
observist topcommenter

@wilme2 @observist  Rotary engine enthusiasts are a bunch of Wankelers.  I supposed you'd want them to turn left AND right?

Chuck_Schick
Chuck_Schick

@Rumpunch1 @Chuck_Schick I'm suggesting he needs a fact checker. But Village Voice is unlikely to hire him one.

if6were9
if6were9

@Scruffygeist They have medication for you to handle your issues, too, dear fellow. They're called kleenex. Go ahead and grab a few for I know you've felt defeat before, and used that line a few times, that you just used on me.....only to know deep within that the truth wasn't that which your gut was relaying to ya. :)

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

@if6were9 Large pharmaceutical companies make medications that will help you handle your issues better.

if6were9
if6were9

@bealotcoolerifyoudid @if6were9 @everlastingphelps Exactly, the dow is at record highs, and unemployment is still too high. What the effin' in all that is holy is wrong with the phelps of this world, not being able to see this! I'd smack my head, but it hurts too much all ready from these brainiacs like phelps flapping their gums like they do. Economics/Ethics/Math are all in this equation, it's not an either or, but it goes right over their heads! :)

if6were9
if6were9

@everlastingphelps @if6were9 For someone who doesn't have the ability to use their legs, but must use some other means to be mobile i.e. arms, wheelchair,etc.......the ability to walk would be the more important choice. :)

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@if6were9@everlastingphelpsSaying "the United States of America, was more important to them than the free market" is like saying "their ability to walk was more important to them than their legs"

CraigT42
CraigT42

@Dub919 @CraigT42 But there wasn't anything in between the lines there. If I say I am wearing blue jeans that does not mean that you are excluded from wearing blue jeans. Sorry about your co-worker, but the fact that he is an NRA member is coincidental unless he was spouting NRA talking points to tell you you lacked patriotism. There is a lot to detest in the NRA but I have never seen where they call folks un-American for not joining. They believe that it is un-American to try to deny people constitutional rights, and they have a bit of hypocrisy on that point since they believe in shuttering the first amendment to protect the second but those are it the same things. There are plenty of valid and factual ways to criticize the NRA when you manufacture fake reasons you are just doing there PR for them.

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