On Monday, the Texas Motor Speedway announced a one year agreement with the National Rifle Association to sponsor their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in April.
Included in the one year agreement an a renewal option to continue the sponsorship of the race. The National Rifle Association 500 will be on April 13th and will air on FOX and MRN.
“The NRA has been involved in the sport for several years and a partner of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. for many years in various aspects, and this race entitlement is just another extension of that business relationship,” track president Eddie Gossage said in a released statement. “We look forward to another successful partnership with the NRA for our April race week of activities.”
The anouncement comes just one week after the running of the Daytona 500 which included a car driven by Michael Waltrip which featured fundraising efforts for the victims and survivors of the Newtown, Connecticut shootings. Draws some irony to some people about the car honoring a shooting while an upcoming race receives sponsorship from a gun activist association.
The NRA sponsored Austin and Ty Dillon last season as well as the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
However, this shouldn’t come as a big surprise as NASCAR is a very conservative sports and community.