NASCAR Goes Fast, Turns Left On Guns

Opinion By Larry Keane

GB Racing's 50 Cal Truck
The GunBroker.com team, GB Racing, truck nicknamed “50 Cal” at Rockingham Speedway for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- NASCAR is waving a caution flag on guns. In fact, it looks like it’s a pit stop when it comes to firearms advertising.

The sport borne of bootleggers and popularized by drivers running just on the inside edge of being out of control is now cautioning team owners that the ads on their cars can no longer feature modern sporting rifles or sniper rifles. Internet firearms retail site K-Var was informed by the National Event Publications, which also sells advertising space for NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, NASCAR, PGA, NHRA, & USA Today Lifestyle, their advertising was no longer welcome.

We just heard from NASCAR on a number of gun related ads and unfortunately, due [to] a gradual shift in NASCAR’s position on guns, these ads must be edited/changed—especially those that are depicted as assault-style rifles/sniper rifles. NASCAR is still open to some of the less controversial gun accessories, concealed carry, or classes.

–David Dolbee, The Armory (K-Var.com)

Imagine our shock. This is a sport that’s been steeped in a tradition of lawful firearms ownership, recreational shooting and hunting. It’s attracted firearms manufacturers and retailers for decades. CZ-USA, BerettaDaniel Defense all advertise. Henry Rifles is sponsoring a race. Magpul has been a race sponsor. Remington had a long run on NASCAR. Bass Pro Shops sponsors a team. NRA sponsors a night race.

Exhaust Fumes

Now, though, NASCAR might be turning a corner. If the lead presented by their advertising buyers is true, they might also be leaving their heritage and some of their biggest names in the rear-view mirror. NASCAR’s Vice Chairman Mike Helton is also on the board for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, of which NSSF is also on the board. He’s joined by famed NASCAR Team own Richard Childress, who until recently, also served on NRA’s board. He’s got a racing company there with Gary Bechtel, who owned a NASCAR team and two Busch teams. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex, Jr., Clint Bowyer are all hunters, celebrated by Realtree. Austin races in Realtree’s brand has even held the rifle awarded for taking the pole at Texas Motor Speedway and Ty Dillon ran the Daniel Defense-branded car.

Shared Roots

NASCAR roots run deep. They’re headquartered in North Carolina, which is also home to firearms manufacturers Remington Outdoors Company, Sturm, Ruger & Co., and Carolina Arms Group.

NASCAR, so far, hasn’t offered public comment. Right now, we’re all left with what their third-party advertiser tells us. It’s not that different, though, from the sad saga Daniel Defense endured in 2014 when they attempted to advertise during SuperBowl XLVIII. Their ad was rejected then because the silhouette of the company’s DDM4, which it agreed to move, only to be told later it was rejected because of a ban by the NFL on firearms advertising. Officials for the NFL later said they didn’t reject it, that it never made it to their level, but would have rejected it if it did.

NASCAR’s supposed “gradual shift” is sounding more like grinding gears.


National Shooting Sports FoundationAbout National Shooting Sports Foundation

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 10,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. www.nssf.org

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willyd
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willyd

This all started when Bill Jr turned it over to his son Brian, he doesn’t have any idea as to the NASCAR ROOTS, went to college and has prof’s mush for brains bidding!!!!!!!!! He doesn’t have any interest in it other than the property could care less about the servile of the sport!!!!!!

Rich
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Rich

I used to work in the legal field for many years; you would be surprised (maybe not) at how many corporations are run by liberals with plenty of liberal education under their belts, but absolutely NO sense of ethics, morality or patriotism. It’s sad.

tomcat
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tomcat

As Justia said 85% of the seating was empty at the brickyard 400. I told Nascar that is was beyond me how they could make any money on a race that had more people in the pit crews than in the stands.

Oldvet
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Oldvet

@TC…And that was in Indiana wait till they go down south where good ole red neck boys who started the show live!

mlhtd51
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mlhtd51

Oldvet, Will there be anybody in the Stands at Texas Motor Speedway ? We Won’t be There.

Happyjack
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Happyjack

It is really interesting to watch these various corporations commit public suicide…

Rich
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Rich

Yep. Corporations run by liberal snowflake morons.

Rich
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Rich

NASCAR has gone the way of Dick’s — down the tubes. Good Riddance. I go to local races now instead; much more exciting anyway.

KDad
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KDad

I certainly noticed the empty seats. The stupid race and championship playoff format, clone cars, slow restarts after yellows and penalties for very minor violations of NASCAR’s seemingly endless rules is finally having an effect on their race attendance. And now, the anti-gun BS is going to cost them more fans.

Justista
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Justista

Did anyone notice the 80-85% empty seats at the Brickyard 400 last week?
NASCAR is committing suicide. Little over the air tv coverage, multiple cable channels requiring multiple packages to watch and a preachy left wing political agenda.
It’s funny to watch them complain about the newfound lack of fan enthusiasm.
HEY NASCAR! IT’S NOT THE FANS,IT’S YOU!
They will get no sympathy from me for a self induced destruction.

Ryben Flynn
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Ryben Flynn

Only the race cars should go Left.

willyd
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willyd

It all boils down to the Left wants to destroy the 2nd Amendment by any means, it doesn’t fit in their agenda, We all have rights, it’s time to stand for ours, and not bow to POLITICALLY CORRECT, stand up for your rights, and use it against them!!!!!!!!! Show them how to slip!!!!!!!!!!

Rock
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Rock

This boring leftist organization known as NASCAR no longer exists in my home…

Will Flatt
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GET WOKE, GO BROKE!!
BYE, NASCAR! IT WAS NICE KNOWING YOU.

Rock
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Rock

Agreed !

Will
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Will

NASCAR has totally betrayed the country and their racing base. Hopefully this will be its last season. The same applies to the NFL.

Rock
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Rock

Zackley….

Rich
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Rich

NASCAR, infiltrated and run by liberals; just like the media. Neither get my attention any longer.