Now NASCAR joins anti 2nd

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  1. wesheltonj

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    Posted on Ammoland.com
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    NASCAR Rejects Gun Ads, Cites “Gradual Shift” on Guns


    August 21, 2019 by

    ‘Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.’ ~Winston Churchill. The words are as true today as when Churchill uttered them in 1948 or George Santayana when he originally said essentially the same thing in 1905. Yet, major organizations, those with no stake in politics, are taking political sides and alienating their consumers in the process. Perhaps the CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods was just ignorant of his consumer base or Yeti made a miscalculation when it cut ties with the NRA. However, when it comes to NASCAR taking an anti-gun approach, it simply baffles the imagination as to who is calling the shots and how out of touch they are with their fan base.

    “We just heard from NASCAR on a number of gun related ads and unfortunately, due a gradual shift in NASCAR’s position on guns, these ads must be edited/changed—especially those that are depicted as assault-style rifles/sniper rifles. NASCAR is still open to some of the less controversial gun accessories, concealed carry, or classes.”

    Consider this, even if your audience was split 50-50 as to the issue of the Second Amendment, why would you intentionally alienate half of your base? Let’s take it to an extreme. What organization wants to intentionally anger even 10 percent of its base? I am sure much more than 10 percent of NASCAR’s fan base is pro gun, but that seems to be of little import to NASCAR. This is an organization which bragged for years that it was born out of bootleggers running Moonshine[/URL]. NASCAR’s Winston Cup Series ran for over three decades sponsored by none other than the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. What about the Busch Series? Does NASCAR now view hunting rifles, Modern Sporting Rifles, and even scoped .22 LR rifles as so taboo that they cannot even be depicted in an ad in the official program sold at the races?

    Gander Outdoors sponsors the NASCAR Truck Series. Does NASCAR realize what is for sale at Gander? Bass Pro Shops sponsors a car. Has NASCAR checked out what Bass Pro is selling besides worms and hooks? This all happened two after the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Reports now say Henry USA is vying for a new NASCAR sponsorship. The mixed messaging leaves many scratching their heads. Then, NASCAR came out with its “Gradual Shift” to its position on guns.

    Nascar’s “Gradual Shift”
    In March and April 2019, several firearms retailers and manufacturers were contacted by National Event Publications, Official media sales agent for the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, NASCAR, PGA, NHRA, & USA Today Lifestyle. The pitch was to buy advertising in the official program for the last 26 races of the season. K-Var opted to advertise, as did at least 16 other manufacturers or retailers including CZ-USA, Beretta, Daniel Defense, and others. The deadline to have our artwork submitted for approval was April 19, 2019.

    Then, on August 19, 2019 (four months later) we were contacted by National Event Publications with the following message.

    We just heard from NASCAR on a number of gun related ads and unfortunately, due a gradual shift in NASCAR’s position on guns, these ads must be edited/changed—especially those that are depicted as assault-style rifles/sniper rifles. NASCAR is still open to some of the less controversial gun accessories, concealed carry, or classes.
    Did you know NASCAR was going through a “gradual shift on guns?” What does that even mean? NASCAR has allowed ads from firearms manufacturers for several years. AK-47s, AR-15s, and scoped rifles have all been featured in the past, so I guess, by that statement, it can only mean that NASCAR is marching toward a complete anti-gun stance—it is just slow rolling it for some reason.

    NASCAR has allowed ads from firearms manufacturers for several years. AK-47s, AR-15s, and scoped rifles have all been featured in the past, but this seems to be an entirely different regime the NASCAR we new and loved in the past.

    [The first few people I related this story to all met it with disbelief. NASCAR? Do they have any clue who their base audience is? Do they not know the ramifications, the fervent uproar and boycotts the pro Second Amendment supporters have waged against the likes of Dick’s Sporting Goods or Yeti Coolers? All Yeti had to do was state it was cutting ties with the NRA for political reasons to earn the ire of the pro firearms forces, which expressed their displeasure in rather spectacular fashion. What will they do with NASCAR?[/URL]

    Is NASCAR trying to “split the baby?”

    Note: The term “to split the baby” is an idiomatic expression for what seems like an unreasonable decision but is actually a ploy to flush out the truth. It is a psychological game: based on people’s reactions to his announcement, the decision-maker will be able to gather the right information.

    Do the executives at NASCAR think they are being sly and trying to judge its fans’ position on America’s most popular rifle, the AR-15 or Modern Sporting Rifle, or is it so blind to the interests of its own fan base’s demographics?

    Whether or not you are a hardcore NASCAR fan, do you think the majority of NASCAR’s fanbase is pro Second Amendment or pro gun control? Does anyone really believe an overwhelming majority of NASCAR fans are not going to flip out at NASCAR’s “gradual shift?” Where do you stand on NASCAR’s new “Gradual Shift?” Share your answers in the comment section.
     
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    This is bad news indeed. At least now it is public knowledge. If enough NASCAR fans bitch about it hopefully it will reverse its' stance and go back to being a supportable organization.
     
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    NASCAR, like other boomer venues and pastimes , is a cadaver. They've tried twenty things to get fans back and have failed. I remember when the owners of Bristol Speedway, a former sold out venue, said their reserved tickets would be passed down to fans' grandchildren. They're not even filling half the seats now.
     

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    They did this past week and then some. Looks more like Bristol of old.
     
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    They have lost their minds! Soon NASCAR will have races sponsored by the Ladies Home Journal and MADD.
     
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    NASCAR is dead anyway. And political correctness killed it. That, and a bunch of idiots making the rules. They've been able to fill only half of Daytona Speedway for the last 10 years or more. The cameras only film the side where the fans sit. The other side is empty. Sad that this once great sport is now a shadow of it's former self. And the beginning of the end, was the the death of Dale Earnhardt.
     

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    Nascar is done .and now watch and see this result .next thet will have to have nice and sweet liberal sponors see how that works for them .
     
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    Earnhart Jr tried to fill the void left in NASCAR after Earnhart Sr past. Unfortunately Davy Allison's untimely demise from the NASCAR scene left NASCAR without a carismatic representative to draw the crowds.

    NASCAR's fan base is made up of southern folks who believe in God, Guns, Family, and an American way of life past down generations. To take an anti gun stance, NASCAR won't last long.
     

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    I read this on another forum. Not a car race guy anyway so don't care about that, but its sad to see another iconic group go by the wayside.
     
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    You got that right ! It's too damn clean these days ..No fights,or cussing Fans loved that crap..I know....You don't see many full stands anymore..
     

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    Long before Richard Petty retired in an interview he adamently disliked people who only came to races to see wrecks and under appreciate the race drivers competing in a sport of speed and wits.

    Dale Sr, earned his nickname "The Intimidator", for his "aggressive" driving. In his later years he became less "aggressive" driver, and more about being on the track enjoying what he loved to do, race.

    It's not that NASCAR has cleaned things up, but also slowed cars down, and the rule and point changes have taken away the luster of the sport.
     
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    My boy in the 18 tried to bring that....
     

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    An organization that is supported by Red Neck's won't accept gun ads?

    I can't even fathom this one.
     

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    I remember NASCAR way back in the 60's and early 70's when they would drive a car off of a dealers lot, do some safety items to it and then go race. Those Dodge Chargers and Plymouth Barracuda's were hard to beat back then but Ford and Chevy put up great fights. Then as some have mentioned there were the fights in the pits and even when a couple of drivers would just stop on the track, get out and start throwing punches. Man those were some fun races to watch.

    Now the only thing about any of the cars that even slightly resemble a factory car is the name on it.

    Now banning advertisers that advertise guns is just wrong for this redneck sport. Talk about cutting their own throats.
     
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    Letting Toyota field cars didn't help either. I mean c'mon. A Toyota running moonshine?
     
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    What they really need is a sponsor from the rainbow coalition lol.
     
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    The proverbial "sh*t in a hand basket" is ringing more true every day.
     
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    Non Athletic Sports Centered Around Rednecks, NASCAR. :E Rofl:
     
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