As race fans began to arrive in their motor homes and campers at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend in anticipation of Saturday’s NASCAR race, the title sponsor, the National Rifle Association, remained a hot topic off the track.
Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said the sponsorship is about business not politics.
“Saturday night no one is going to force any NRA literature in your hands. No one is going to be making political speeches or anything like that,” he said. “It’s going to be a race. We are going to have a winner and have a lot of fun, and that’s going to be the extent of it.”
While some have criticized NASCAR – accusing it of entering the political gun debate, the NRA has been praised by many race fans.
Tom Crum of Dallas was out with his family Sunday at the track setting up his camper.