Top NASCAR Venue Sticking With NRA Amid Business Outcry
The home of one of NASCAR's marquee races is standing firm with the National Rifle Association as more than a dozen companies cut ties with the organization in the wake of the Florida school shooting.
Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. announced it would be keeping the NRA as a co-sponsor of its annual "night race."
The 0.533-mile track, a few miles south of the Virginia state line, hosts two NASCAR races per year in addition to several other events.
Later this Spring, the track will host its annual daytime cup race, the Food City 500, and will continue to partner with Bass Pro Shops and the NRA for its August 18 race under the lights.
"This has been a good, long-standing partnership and we plan to continue," speedway management said in a statement to USA Today.
NRA First Vice President Richard Childress is also a NASCAR team owner and former driver.
The NRA and Bass Pro Shops have sponsored the night race at Bristol since 2016, with previous event sponsors including Irwin Tools, Sharpie and Goody's Headache Powder.
Childress said in 2015 that NASCAR made the "right decision" to let the NRA co-sponsor the race, noting that "so many fans are supporters" of the organization.
Watch lawmakers debate the NRA controversy above.