NRA Sponsoring NASCAR Race

The National Rifle Association will sponsor a Sprint Cup NASCAR race April 13 at the Fort Worth Track after reaching a deal with Texas Motor Speedway.

The agreement will establish an NRA-branded race for the first time at a top racing event, renaming the Texas 500 the NRA 500. The NRA sponsored a Nationwide Series race last year in Atlanta.

"It's an organization we've enjoyed a long-standing relationship within the industry, including Speedway Motorsports [Inc.] and Speedway Charities," Eddie Gossage, the track president, said during the announcement, according to The Washington Post.

Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc. that owns the Texas Motor Speedway, told ESPN he has no concerns on partnering with the NRA.

"It's not a touchy issue at all," Smith told ESPN.com. "We're at Texas. I guess if you want to find any state in the United States that is pro guns, Texas would be it. You have more hunters per capita in Texas than any place I know. The sponsor is a great sponsor. We'd welcome them if they wanted to sponsor another event."

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