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Big guns, fast cars: NRA 500

2013-03-05 09:59

WASHINGTON, USA  - The National Rifle Association, America's largest gun-lobby group, will sponsor a top US stock-car series race in Texas on April 13 2013.

Eddie Gossage, president of the Texas Motor Speedway track, confirmed the Nascar NRA 500 event to held in Fort Worth.

'WE LOVE RACING'

NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre, said: "The NRA 500 is the latest announcement in the long history of a growing partnership between the NRA, Speedway Motorsports and the Nascar community. 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."

The NRA sponsored a secondary Nascar series race in September 2012 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

LaPierre has led opposition to US president Barack Obama's call for tighter gun ownership regulations following the December 2012's murder of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Nascar chairman Brian France and his wife donated the equivalent of R453 000 to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.

RALLYING CALL

France said during a tour of Newtown: "Delivering a moment of happiness to that community was unlike anything I'd ever experienced. Looking out at a room of smiling faces in the aftermath of a horrible tragedy was very powerful.

"It hit me that the Nascar industry and our passionate fan base have an unbelievable opportunity to rally around this cause and make a huge difference for a community in need."

Gossage said: "The NRA has been involved in the sport for several years and a partner of Speedway Motorsports for many years. This race entitlement is just another extension of that business relationship. We look forward to another successful partnership with the NRA."

The NRA charm offensive came eight days after Michael Waltrip drove in Nascar's biggest race, the season-opening Daytona 500, in a Toyota painted to support a Sandy Hook victims relief fund.

AFP