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11:06 AM ET 03.05 | 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 is an a renewal option to continue the sponsorship of the race. The National Rifle Association 500 will be on April 13 and will air on FOX and MRN. The anouncement comes just one week after the running of the Daytona 500, which included a car driven by Michael Waltrip and featured fundraising efforts for the victims and survivors of the Newtown, Conn., shootings. Draws some irony to some people about the car honoring a shooting while an upcoming race receives sponsorship from a gun activist association.

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March 5, 2013  06:31 PM ET

The trophy is a solid gold AK-47.........

March 5, 2013  07:32 PM ET

Texas is the ONLY state where the NRA could sponsor a race and not have people in an up-roar.. SMART move on the NRA's part.. STUPID move on Nascar's part for not stepping in and having the backbone to say 'No' to the sponsorship of the race.. guess they'll take money from anyone.. they don't care

March 5, 2013  07:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Texas is the ONLY state where the NRA could sponsor a race and not have people in an up-roar.. SMART move on the NRA's part.. STUPID move on Nascar's part for not stepping in and having the backbone to say 'No' to the sponsorship of the race.. guess they'll take money from anyone.. they don't care

Why NASCAR once was called Winston Cup and the Busch clash.Go NASCAR and TEXAS.We still have the RIGTH TO BARE ARMS.

March 5, 2013  08:04 PM ET
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We still have the RIGTH TO BARE ARMS.

All for the 2nd Amendment.. This has nothing to do with the right to bare arms.. this organization is just a bad idea for Nascar when its trying to win back its fan-base

March 5, 2013  10:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The trophy is a solid gold AK-47.........

lol, i'm hoping the trophy is going to be an "assault rifle"

March 5, 2013  10:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Texas is the ONLY state where the NRA could sponsor a race and not have people in an up-roar.. SMART move on the NRA's part.. STUPID move on Nascar's part for not stepping in and having the backbone to say 'No' to the sponsorship of the race.. guess they'll take money from anyone.. they don't care

there has been somewhat of an up-roar.. but i really don't see what the problem is myself.. i'm sure 99% of the people who go to the tracks are gun owners

March 6, 2013  08:45 AM ET
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Texas is the ONLY state where the NRA could sponsor a race and not have people in an up-roar.. SMART move on the NRA's part.. STUPID move on Nascar's part for not stepping in and having the backbone to say 'No' to the sponsorship of the race.. guess they'll take money from anyone.. they don't care

WOW ANOTHER NEW THREAD IN THE SAME MONTH!!!!!!!!!!

Your INCORRECT Kentucky/Tennesse we all have guns here.....if you didn't you could not go out in the woods and get yer grocerys......rabbits,squeerills,deer,oppussums just to name a few of the fine delicasees we have.

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March 6, 2013  12:14 PM ET
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I would hope that it will be an iconic American gun like this Winchester Model 1873 lever action.

Good year for guns but a better gun was the Colt 1873 Peacemaker, the actual gun that tamed the west

March 6, 2013  12:16 PM ET
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Can't say I agree with every position the NRA has taken over the years, but on most of them I stand with them. I have no problem with the NRA sponsoring a race and they are welcome to come up to NH any time.

NH mean New Hampshire, them folks up there in them states want to outlaw guns.


I will never give up my guns......NEVER.

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March 6, 2013  03:16 PM ET

Nothing to do with guns, but I will not watch that race. The NRA spends too much money on lobbyists...

March 6, 2013  03:17 PM ET
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All for the 2nd Amendment.. This has nothing to do with the right to bare arms.. this organization is just a bad idea for Nascar when its trying to win back its fan-base

I agree...

March 6, 2013  04:08 PM ET
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Your INCORRECT Kentucky/Tennesse we all have guns here.....if you didn't you could not go out in the woods and get yer grocerys......rabbits,squeerills,deer,oppussums just to name a few of the fine delicasees we have.

True.. but in Kentucky we don't go hunting with AK-47 or AR 15 assault rifles.. at least I don't

March 6, 2013  04:11 PM ET
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Nothing to do with guns, but I will not watch that race. The NRA spends too much money on lobbyists...

Same thing I was thinking.. NRA has too many of our elected leaders in their hip pocket.. including 'Uncle Mitch'

March 6, 2013  05:38 PM ET
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All for the 2nd Amendment.. This has nothing to do with the right to bare arms.. this organization is just a bad idea for Nascar when its trying to win back its fan-base

Exactly.

 
March 6, 2013  05:46 PM ET
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Nothing to do with guns, but I will not watch that race. The NRA spends too much money on lobbyists...

I'm thinking of skipping this race also.
I am very disappointed that Nascar is letting the NRA sponsor a race.....and this has absolutely nothing to do with the 2nd amendment......it has everything to do with the NRA itself.

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