Mar 5, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT
Texas Motor Speedway’s iconic Victory Lane celebration that features the winning driver firing blanks from a pair of six-shooters may be altered for its upcoming Sprint Cup event on April 13.
With that race’s sponsorship coming from the National Rifle Association, track president and general manager Eddie Gossage is taking potential concerns from team owners and sponsors into account as he looks into possibly changing his post-race activities.
“I don’t want to affect some sponsor on a uniform somewhere that says, ‘I didn’t want that picture. I didn’t want my driver with a gun in his hand,’” Gossage told USA Today’s Nate Ryan yesterday. “Even though it’s a cap gun. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s sponsorship.”
Ryan reports that Gossage will talk with NASCAR team owners about the situation this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and that the final call will likely be made by the winning owner at TMS on whether or not he wants his driver to fire the guns.
“We have to be sensitive to that, so we’ll let the team owner make the call,” Gossage said to Ryan. “They’re all friends of mine. I’ll be in Vegas and I’ll ask them, ‘What do you think?’ and do whatever the team owner wants to do.”
As expected, the announcement of the “NRA 500″ at the 1.5-mile oval in Fort Worth has garnered attention in the sports world. It came roughly a week after Michael Waltrip ran a car in the Daytona 500 that supported a relief fund for victims of the Dec. 14, 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Considering the volatile nature of the gun control debate in America following the Newtown massacre, it’s safe to assume that some will question TMS’ decision to allow the NRA to sponsor its spring Cup race. Michelle Beadle and Dave Briggs of NBC Sports Network’s “The Crossover” (Weeknights, 6 pm ET) have weighed in on the topic, and you can check out what they have to say here.
Jul 26, 2014, 3:12 PM EDT
The Hoonigan man dominates in the North Carolina dirt, while Nelson Piquet Jr. increases his lead in the GRC championship.
Jul 26, 2014, 2:59 PM EDT
INDIANAPOLIS – She readily admits the odds may be long, but Danica Patrick is not giving up on earning a win this season — and potentially making the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Jul 26, 2014, 2:53 PM EDT
Regarded as one of the most physically demanding dirt bike races in the world, the Red Bull Hare Scramble is an endurocross event unlike any other. Watch it on NBC at 3:00 PM E.T.
Jul 26, 2014, 2:40 PM EDT
Coming off last week’s win, is Eli Tomac ready to reel off a few more victories before the end of the season?
Jul 26, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT
The sport continues to grow with races in Mexico and Azerbaijan, but will they prove to be hits?
Jul 26, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
Red Bull team principal tells the media to be more positive.
Jul 26, 2014, 1:50 PM EDT
CLICK HERE for stream links to the fifth round of the 2014 Red Bull GRC season.
Jul 26, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT
Starting his qualifying lap just before time ran out in the final round, Busch earns the pole for today’s Lilly Diabetes 250 with a lap of 179.888 mph.
Jul 26, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT
Vijay Mallya very happy with the form of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg in 2014.
Jul 26, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT
Finn challenged the decision not to run again in Q1, and was proven right when Jules Bianchi knocked him out of qualifying.
Jul 26, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT
INDIANAPOLIS – When Sunday’s 21st running of the Brickyard 400 is in the rearview mirror, we’re once again likely to hear significant griping about “did you see all the empty seats at Indy?”
Jul 26, 2014, 12:35 PM EDT
Petty: “Our main deal is not to run NASCAR. Anything we do to tear NASCAR down is cutting our own throats.”
Jul 26, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT
Hamilton calls on Mercedes to improve the reliability of his car following yet another problem during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Jul 26, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT
Williams driver continuing his run of good form despite the car not suiting the Hungaroring circuit.
Jul 26, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT
Four-time Brickyard 400 champion leads an abbreviated “Happy Hour” with a lap of 189.298 mph.
Jul 26, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT
Defending world champion matches his best qualifying result of the season in Hungary.
Jul 26, 2014, 10:35 AM EDT
Ferrari driver delighted to qualify so well at the Hungaroring, and is now focusing on a good start in tomorrow’s race.
Jul 26, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT
German driver would have preferred a straight fight with Lewis Hamilton, but delighted all the same to bag pole in Hungary.
Jul 26, 2014, 9:10 AM EDT
Crazy qualifying session in Hungary ends with Rosberg at the front once again.
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- Hamilton: “As a team, we need to do better” 0
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- Rosberg nails final Q3 lap to take fifth pole in six races 1