“It’s not about politics. It’s about sports marketing,” Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage said, CBS reports.
The partnership gives the NRA a one-year sponsorship deal with an option to renew.
It’s not the first time the NRA has sponsored a NASCAR race. But it is a timely boost for the NRA, which has taken political and public relations hits for months, stemming from December’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn.
“They saw it was obviously a very attractive sports marketing opportunity and seized it. That’s what it’s all about,” Mr. Gossage said, in the CBS report. “It’s about putting on one of the great sporting events in America. I know in Atlanta last year they saluted a lot of the people that make America free. They are going to salute American freedoms and American families with this race. That’s their plan, so it seemed to be a good fit.”