NASCAR turns to the Left; rejects gun ads

The public perception of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) has always been that NASCAR is all-American, pro-Second Amendment, and in sync with red-state values.

No more.

Stephen Gutowski reports for The Washington Free Beacon, August 30, 2019, that two gun companies said NASCAR rejected their gun ads because of the racing company’s “gradual shift on guns”. Both gun companies said a NASCAR advertising agency had solicited ads from them for NASCAR publications, but when they submitted ads, they were told NASCAR would not accept them.

The two gun companies are:

(1) Dark Storm Industries:

Dark Storm said an ad it submitted featuring one of the company’s AR-15s was rejected. Dark Storm wrote in an Instagram post:

“NASCAR decided to turn their back on their customer base, joining the likes of Yeti, Dick’s and Under Armour. We were approached by a NASCAR publication eager to earn our business, but after submitting our ad it was immediately rejected, stating that we cannot depict ‘assault weapons’. As we have learned, NASCAR has made a ‘gradual shift’ but this doesn’t seem very gradual to us. It seems as though NASCAR has turned their back on the overwhelming majority of their fan base in the most embarrassing way possible.”

(2) Online retailer K-Var Corp:

K-Var said NASCAR rejected an ad featuring an AK-47 and 9mm handgun. An April email exchange between K-Var and National Event Publications, which books ads for NASCAR publications, obtained by the Washington Free Beacon shows the ad booker working with the gun dealer on final details of an ad for the souvenir program sold during the Race for the Cup series. Dave Dolbee, general manager of K-Var, said the company thought the ad would be good for brand awareness since the NASCAR audience is considered to be very gun-friendly and notable gun companies had previously advertised in the program. However, the ad company emailed Dolbee in August to say NASCAR rejected K-Var’s ad because of the firearms included in it. Sunny Berlin, art director for National Event Publications, told Dolbee in an email:

“We just heard back from NASCAR on a number of gun related ads and unfortunately due to a gradual shift in their position on guns, these ads must be edited/changed– especially those that are depicted as assault style rifles/sniper rifles. They are still open to some ads featuring some of the less controversial gun accessories, concealed carry, or classes. Can you supply a new ad that would fit more along these guidelines? NASCAR will then review again.”

Dolbee said:

  • K-Var was unable to get any clarification from NASCAR on what it considered an “assault style rifle” or “sniper rifle” or other details of their “gradual shift” on guns.
  • National Event Publications were “cagey about it when they gave me that 24-hour deadline to resubmit an ad.”
  • NASCAR had not even been clear with National Event Publications and did not provide “clear enough guidelines to say ‘it was exactly this in your ad or it was exactly that in your ad.'”

Dolbee told the Free Beacon K-Var refused to submit another ad:

“Naturally we took the position ‘absolutely not’. You can’t do ‘this gun’s good, that gun’s bad.’ You know? I said we wouldn’t deal with them at all if that was going to be the case. We could never go forward with that type of a policy.

It’s just bad for business. I’m somebody who grew up on NASCAR. My father was a huge fan. So, he of course brought me into the sport as a fan. And you see something with that type of a legacy and heritage, instead of being a sporting organization, try and play politics.”

Neither National Event Publications nor NASCAR responded to requests for comment on the policy change.

Backlash to NASCAR’s ban on gun ads was swift:

  • A headline at Outdoor Hub said: “Turning Left: NASCAR Bans Firearm Ads, Cites ‘Gradual Shift’ on Guns.”
  • All Outdoor said: “NASCAR Goes Anti-Gun, Bans Black Rifle Ads”.
  • Radio show host and lifelong NASCAR fan Mark Walters said in a piece for Ammoland that the shift in gun ad policy tells him the racing association is “no longer the NASCAR I thought I knew. Go ahead NASCAR, try to fill the stands with a bunch of David Hogg, Moms Demand Action, Everytown for Gun Safety, urban, progressive, skinny jean wearing, soy sipping, man-bun wearing, Antifa loving, gun-hating socialists. I won’t be around to see how that turns out for you.”

See “Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that Second Amendment applies to individuals, not militias, and may include military weapons,” Feb. 27, 2018.

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H/t Big Lug

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DCG
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Get woke, go broke. Have never been a NASCAR fan and won’t start any time soon.

It’s been two weeks since I stepped inside a Walmart – ever since they announced their ban of open carry and sided with the left against the Second Amendment. I’m done with any company/outfit that won’t support our freedoms.

William
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William

I’m boycotting Walmart as well, difficult to do here because there is very little else. Not that Walmart cares, they can survive without my minimal business. I do it as a matter of principle; without integrity and principles what do we have? What we need is a conspicuous advocate for 2A, some “celebrity” or powerful politician that people will have to listen to, if only because they are “famous”. I can’t think of any that have the balls to take such an “unpopular” position. It’s not really an unpopular position as yet, most people don’t know or care about 2A,… Read more »

kjf
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kjf

Most celebs will walk the line, they are compromised and have the Black Card (not race). Those that do speak out disappear or become so vilified ppl shy away from them.

Lets use TB12 as an example. Raised Catholic and is married to a satanist (self claimed witch) who just happened to be Victoria Secrets (Epstein) highest paid model… yeah he is not compromised, but he also doesn’t speak out.
Here is a good article on diamonds and touches on VS.

https://enchantedlifepath.com/2019/08/16/cremation-diamonds-victims-of-satanic-ritual-child-abuse-jeff-epstein/

William
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William

I assume you’re referring to the GOAT (hmm..) I think he is compromised, playing at a decidedly unnatural level for someone his age. He had his personal trainer (can’t remember his name) who was banned from the Patriots locker room because he made them uncomfortable with his..ahem..”unorthodox” practices. So I think TB12’s career is and has been majick-assisted. Maybe wifey drew him into it. He doesn’t strike me as the sharpest pencil in the box. Thanks for the link, I’ll check it out

DCG
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Yeah, Walmart won’t miss me either but principles. There’s only Walmart and another chain in this town that is much more expensive (and Aldi but they joined the left on guns, too). Tomorrow I’m driving an hour north to try a local grocery store for paper products and nonperishables. Life in a small city… As for a 2A gun advocate, Dana Loesch does a pretty good job. And she’s got a radio show. And she definitely has the “balls” for it. Remember what she faced at that CNN farce of a townhall meeting after the Parkland shooting? She did a… Read more »

Jackie Puppet
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I didn’t know Aldi just recently banned open carry 😞 – I do a lot of my grocery shopping there, and they do get some good seasonal/limited time only items in there that I’ve stocked up on, actually I stock up on other items as well. I still got at least 3 other ones I can go to but I won’t be saving $$ either…

DCG
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From Aldi’s tweet: “At ALDI, the safety of our employees, customers and the community is our highest priority. Alongside many other businesses, we are asking that our customers refrain from openly displaying firearms in any of our stores, except for authorized law enforcement personnel.”

https://thehill.com/regulation/business/460769-aldi-and-meijer-ask-customers-to-stop-openly-carrying-guns-in-their

MarkyMark
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MarkyMark

I used to watch a lot of NASCAR, but I stopped watching a while ago. The races are too freaking LONG! The races are boring. They’re contrived with the ‘debris cautions’ thrown to bunch up the field. With the influx of corporate money, NASCAR became corporate and sanitized. Oh, and the TV commercials are UNSUFFERABLY LONG! I understand that the TV network needs to cover its costs and make some money, but still. Watching NASCAR on TV isn’t that much fun anymore. Forget going to a Cup race! One, it’s too expensive once you factor in tickets, concessions, and hotels… Read more »

MarkyMark
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MarkyMark

Another point I forgot in my last comment was, if you want to see oval track, stock car style racing, go to your local track. It’ll be a lot CHEAPER than attending a NASCAR race. For the price of one NASCAR Monster Energy Cup ticket, you can take the whole family! Because it’s local, you don’t have to worry about a hotel room. The experience is more intimate. The action is quite good. You’ll have lots of action to watch. There will be different kinds of cars out there. Not only that, they each run multiple races; you have the… Read more »

Freeland_Dave
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Freeland_Dave

I love auto racing. But if a track has any dealings with NASCAR at all that track will not get any of my business. What you do is your own business. I just am taking a hard line approach just like the anti-gun crowd has been doing. No support means just that, no support. Not even a Japanese yen’s worth.

Dan
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Dan

NASCAR’s board, of which, incidentally, 4 our of the first 5 are women, with a woman director of marketing as well, probably have a much better idea of which way the wind is blowing in America than we do. Above the level of this submissive behavior from NASCAR the ptb know that embedding NASCAR fans’ minds with the dissonance necessary to simultaneously accept its all-American image with gun control is the globalists’ “mission accomplished”—with no blowback expected if the post-911 rollover to tyranny is any guide to our future. I wish I could be positive, but I expect nothing at… Read more »

William
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William

Gee Dan, I wish you’d be more positive. Kidding. I think you are spot on and you write well and convincingly, although the picture you paint is vivid and bleak. But it’s always better to face the music no matter how discordant the notes. And now our situation is, if not desperate, close to it. But rather than submit to facile pessimism and hopelessness, we’d do better to think up what we are going to do about it. This requires courage of the type that can only be derived from a state of not caring whether we live or die,… Read more »

TrailDust
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Sounds like major league sports people across the board have gone politically correct.

Freeland_Dave
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Freeland_Dave

And I don’t support or watch any professional sports teams either.

Arizona
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Arizona

ISN’T it surprising how many companies are NOW commiting TREASON out in the open,SO WHEN are the police gangs who swore an OATH TO GOD to protect your freedom and rights going to start rounding up company officals who commit TREASON right in their face…OH thatys right their not,they love satan not the GOD they took an Oath to and DID LIE TO HIM..well their future is set in stone now…

Freeland_Dave
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Freeland_Dave

Not nice to lie to God. He has a perfect memory and won’t forget.

william
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william

How about “Manning UP” and BOYCOTT.
Obviously they have made too much money
Go back to your roots

Leo Smith
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Leo Smith

Bye Bye NASCAR. After 45 years..

Ed Darcy
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Ed Darcy

I have relatives in the Poconos and have become more and more disenchanted with the Pocono Raceway and NASCAR in general. This is the final straw. The money I formerly spent on tickets and refreshments will now go to firearm related items.

William
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William

good call

Mune Shadowe
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Mune Shadowe

You need to let them know and why.

Joe R.
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Joe R.

They are being Gillette’d.

Don’t let their satanic-communist POS (D) marketers get anywhere near your business, or you, because, when it comes down to physically purging the communists from the U.S. (as it has always done throughout the world, and throughout history) nobody’s going to bother sorting out the fence sitters.

Bye Nascar
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Bye Nascar

Bye NASCAR – it was great while it lasted.

Adrenorecptor
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Adrenorecptor

I dont watch NASCAR anyway…left turns for hours, but this is yet another capitulation that’s sad to see. Other sports like the NFL haven’t paid much of a price overall for capitulating to the America hating communists, so why not? Apparently completely meaningless sports are more important to a lot of people than actually standing for the things that are important. It’s been easy for me. I realized years ago I was wasting my time concerning myself with spectator sports. Sure it can be fun, buts its meaningless. Want meaningful sports? Play them yourselves instead of watching others…maybe engage some… Read more »

Freeland_Dave
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Freeland_Dave

Bye NASCAR, I have supported you for most of my life but no more. I can do without you.

blather
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blather

If so be it – then UCK NASCAR.

Cowardly succumbing to the left one by one.

txfella
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txfella

Eat sh*t and die nascar. Roundandaroundandaround…….down the drain. Turn left.

Jackie Puppet
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NASCAR has always been about turning left, when you think about it…glad I’m one of those who doesn’t think NASCAR is a sport.

William
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William

Pro sports, including NASCAR, are nothing more than bread-and-circus distractions to direct the publics attention away from the “subterfuges” of our “leaders”. The players are empty-headed mercenaries, people of no account, with no opinions that are worthy of consideration. The last one who had any personal or political positions of note was the great pitcher Steve Carlton. Very conservative, he would have been considered mainstream by FOTM standards. His nickname, ironically, was “Lefty”

Alma
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Alma

I’ve been to many races in Florida, all those southern fellas, tires burning and aficionados gave it a real thrill, Bill Elliot, Richard Petty and many more, but it no longer has the flavor and the emotions from before, attendance has declined. Getting involved in politics will put a dent and eventually NASCAR will get a flat. Walmart is not appealing, it smells bad. Not for me!