Monday, July 2, 2012

The NRA Goes Racing

The NRA is coming to NASCAR. They will be sponsoring a race in the Nationwide Series over Labor Day at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. This race has had a number over the years and was called the Great Clips 300 last year.

The NRA made the announcement on Saturday.

I think NASCAR and the NRA make a good fit and it should bring the NRA very good publicity as the election season begins its final run to the November election.

Fairfax, Va. - The National Rifle Association (NRA), in partnership with Speedway Motorsports, Inc. is pleased to announce the NRA American Warrior 300 to be held on September 1, 2012, of Labor Day Weekend at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. This event will celebrate and honor America’s bravest and most respected fighting men and women. Sign up for a FREE subscription for the full NRA American Warrior magazine and the NRA will give you a FREE race ticket to the NRA American Warrior 300.

“As Americans gather in back yard BBQ’s this Labor Day and celebrate the upcoming school year, the return of hunting season, and the work ethic which makes America great, we wanted one race that focuses entirely on the life’s work of the American Warrior,” said Wayne LaPierre, NRA executive vice president. “This is a labor of patriotism and gratitude. As a tribute to these wonderful people, the NRA and Speedway Motorsports came together to make possible the NRA American Warrior race.”

The details of the event are as follows:

NRA American Warrior 300
September 1, 2012
Atlanta Motor Speedway
1500 Tara Place
Hampton, GA 30228

Shooting sports and motor sports represent our American heritage and naturally complement each other in celebrating the American Warrior. The motor sports are as uniquely American as the Second Amendment, and the NRA is proud to stand alongside Speedway Motorsports in serving our combined community of gun-owners and NASCAR fans. Representative of this large community is legendary NASCAR team owner and current NRA board member, Richard Childress. In addition to being one of NASCAR’s most successful team owners, Childress is also an accomplished hunter and dedicated conservationist. Childress was elected to his first term on the NRA Board of Directors in 2009. The NRA is honored to have the support of Richard Childress for the NRA American Warrior 300.

Also supporting the event is NRA Board Member and Fox News “War Stories” host, LtCol Oliver North, USMC (Ret.). LtCol North reports on American heroes for NRA Life of Duty. These reports and the NRA American Warrior magazine are components of a new class of sponsored NRA membership, called “NRA Life of Duty.” This membership program includes a state-of-the-art online network (NRALifeofDuty.TV, presented by Brownells) designed for those men and women who make their living defending the American way of life.

The NRA American Warrior magazine is the NRA’s bi-monthly salute to all who serve, from the armed forces to law enforcement to first responders. Each issue of the NRA American Warrior provides interactive media, videos and articles detailing the latest tactics and technology. It is for those who live and breathe the coolest guns, gear, gadgets and for those who ask questions such as what gear does a Navy SEAL carry on a mission? The first 25,000 who sign up online at or text “Warrior” to 64274 will receive a free subscription for the full NRA American Warrior magazine and the NRA will give you a free race ticket to the NRA American Warrior 300.


  1. Do they ever sponsor soccer or baseball games?

    1. @Chase: I don't know. I'm guessing a NASCAR event is the way to get in front of at least 100,000 people at one time plus the TV exposure.

      A major bowl game would be cool.

    2. 100,000 people? Okay, good point.

      I have not been to a NASCAR race, nor watched one on TV, nor even seen one on TV in passing while others were watching it. I didn't think it was all that popular, but I guess I'm just way too rich and urban. Ya learn something new every day. :)