I have had a busy week, but I sat down to watch the NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway tonight. After all, if you read the “About me” on this blog, you know that I love NASCAR and I love my firearms! During the race I was talking to my fellow 2nd Amendment supporters on Facebook and Twitter – and one of them told me that NASCAR has decided to alienate their main fan base by suggesting they do not support the NRA Sponsorship of the Texas race tonight. I looked it up and sure enough – ESPN had the story.
NASCAR plans to become more involved in race-sponsorship decisions by speedways in light of the continuing controversy surrounding the National Rifle Association’s sponsorship of the Sprint Cup race Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.
“The NRA’s sponsorship of the event at Texas Motor Speedway fit within existing parameters that NASCAR affords tracks in securing partnerships,” said NASCAR spokesman David Higdon. “However, this situation has made it clear that we need to take a closer look at our approval process moving forward, as current circumstances need to be factored in when making decisions.”
Let’s try to keep all this in perspective, NASCAR Nation. Saturday’s NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is just another Sprint Cup race — one that you likely won’t want to miss, writes David Newton. In some respects, this weekend at TMS has become more about politics than racing for the NRA 500, as the sponsorship coincides with the current national gun control debate to become the prevailing storyline.
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut wrote to News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch asking the Fox network not broadcast Saturday night’s race because of the NRA sponsorship. TMS president Eddie Gossage and Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Bruton Smith answered questions regarding Murphy’s request and the NRA sponsorship Friday. Gossage said it would be the only time they would address the topic. Read more here.
I watched the race, and NASCAR on Fox also decided to minimize the coverage. The camera angles barely ever showed the giant painted logo at the start finish line, there was a mention here and there, but not like normal. I also heard that the NRA did not “Purchase the TV package.” Well, that may be true, but to avoid some of the painted logos, the camera men would have to be under specific orders to avoid showing them.
I am disappointed in FOX Sports, I am sick about NASCAR abandoning their fan base. In the words of one of my favorite country songs, “You have to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.”
There are still 7 laps to go. I think I will turn it off.