Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Thursday he had no issues with Texas Motor Speedway's decision to have the National Rifle Assn. as the title sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race Saturday night.
The track's willingness to hold a race called the NRA 500 amid the heightened national debate over gun-control laws has raised eyebrows. It's also a tradition for the speedway to have the winner fire blanks from two six-shooters in Victory Lane.
But Earnhardt, arguably NASCAR's most popular driver, told reporters before testing at the Fort Worth track, "I think it's a good fit for Texas."
"Our opinion is if we get an opportunity to win the race, we're going to treat Victory Lane just like any other race," Earnhardt said, according to a transcript released by Team Chevy.