The NRA is sponsoring a NASCAR race
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The NRA has bought themselves a NASCAR race, to be known as the NRA 500

3/5/13 in NASCAR   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - The NRA is sponsoring a NASCAR raceThe National Rifle Association has gotten pretty creative at maintaining public support since the whole Newtown, Connecticut thing. They've called for armed police officers in every school. They have argued that the government will confiscate your guns. They have introduced a shooting app for kids. The NRA's latest promotional effort might be their most unconventional yet -- they're sponsoring a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, to be known as the NRA 500.

And you thought the name "Budweisier Shootout" was bad.

The public response is still an unknown factor, but the deal is done -- the NRA is sponsoring a NASCAR race, according to the Los Angeles Times. The race at Texas Motor Speedway, formerly known as the Samsung 500, will be called the NRA 500 and will have the logo seen at right. It will be an official Sprint Cup Series race, and will be run at night.

According to the CBS News in Dallas Fort-Worth, the NRA paid an estimated $1 million for the naming rights. According to me, gun control people will begin a Change.org petition against Sprint any second now.

"The NRA 500 is the latest announcement in the long history of a growing partnership between the NRA, NRA members and the NASCAR community," NRA president Wayne LaPierre said in a statement. "NRA members and NASCAR fans love their country and everything that is good and right about America. We salute our flag, volunteer in our churches and communities, cherish our families and we love racing. On April 13, we'll all come together at Texas Motor Speedway."

I don't personally consider large-capacity ammunition devices to be part of "everything that is good and right about America," but hey, I'm not the president of a multi-million dollar government lobbying organization.

Blog Photo - The NRA is sponsoring a NASCAR raceThis is probably the shrewdest thing the NRA has done since Sandy Hook. NASCAR sponsors get their name repeated constantly on local and national television during the week of the race. Unlike the awful corporate sponsorships of college bowl games, race fans actually do refer to the event by the sponsor's name instead of "what it used to be called" before the sponsorship.

And sponsoring races is an infinitely more effective strategy than running ads that complain about the president's children.

Additionally, the former Samsung 500 has always been a gun lover's race. The winner gets to fire two six-shooters. The pole position winner gets a free rifle.

The NRA 500 therefore seems a logical sponsorship for the race at Texas Motor Speedway. But I bet you anything they don't let Michael Waltrip drive his Sandy Hook victims tribute car in that race.
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3/17/13   |   JenX63   |   32821 respect

ohwell_ wrote:
. Most Nascar fans, including myself are law abiding, registered gun owners\
 
 
Exactly, appealing to the fan base.   

All the races have names....the only reason this one is being singled out is that "guns" are a hot topic, even when they are on the back burner.

3/17/13   |   ohwell_   |   16445 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Not being a Nascar fan, you obviously would not know that the NRA has been associated with nascar for more than 10 years. Sponsoring a race is all about the money.
The "out cry" is nothing more than people who think Nascar is just a bunch of rednecks. Nascar and it's partners have done more for raising Autism awareness, drivers who build foundations for sick children, battered women, survivors of tragedies, then any other "government" agency, or "meant well" group of people. In my opinion all the naysayers need to get a life. Most Nascar fans, including myself are law abiding, registered gun owners who take the responsibility of owning guns very seriously.  We also happen to love fast cars that go round and round.

. Most Nascar fans, including myself are law abiding, registered gun owners\

 
 
Exactly, appealing to the fan base.   

3/17/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

I think Mikey SHOULD try to qualify for that race with that Sandy Hook car, it would be a perfect rebuttal to the NRA to say "yeah you're sponsoring the race, but only because of these kids."

3/7/13   |   JenX63   |   32821 respect

(Edited by JenX63)

Not being a Nascar fan, you obviously would not know that the NRA has been associated with nascar for more than 10 years. Sponsoring a race is all about the money.
The "out cry" is nothing more than people who think Nascar is just a bunch of rednecks. Nascar and it's partners have done more for raising Autism awareness, drivers who build foundations for sick children, battered women, survivors of tragedies, then any other "government" agency, or "meant well" group of people. In my opinion all the naysayers need to get a life. Most Nascar fans, including myself are law abiding, registered gun owners who take the responsibility of owning guns very seriously.  We also happen to love fast cars that go round and round.

3/6/13   |   OneStepBeyond   |   36 respect

(Edited by OneStepBeyond)

"But I bet you anything they don't let Michael Waltrip drive his Sandy Hook victims tribute car in that race."

Why's that?

3/6/13   |   Scott   |   53962 respect

The majority of the Nascar demographic is also the NRA demographic.  These two are like a match made in heaven

3/5/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

(Edited by orangemen90)

Guess we would all be better Tide on the side of the cars....