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FEATURE

NRA NASCAR

NRA's
In The Fight ...
And The Race

W

BY JUSTIN MCDANIEL, Digital Managing Editor

hen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie
Austin Dillon takes to the high banks of
Daytona International Speedway under
the lights for the Coke Zero 400 on July 5,
he'll certainly have history on his side-literally, and
in more ways than one.
Thanks to primary sponsor Bass Pro Shops and
its founder, Johnny Morris, Dillon's red, white and
blue Chevrolet will feature a special paint scheme
highlighting the new NRA National Sporting Arms
Museum (basspro.com/nramuseum). The museum,
which traces the evolution of hunting and conservation
from the 1600s to the present through its collection of
firearms, artifacts and dioramas, will be prominently
displayed on the rear quarter panels, deck lid and
back of Dillon's Chevy SS.
The sponsorship is particularly fitting considering
that Dillon himself is a lifelong hunter and shooter, as
is his car owner and grandfather, NRA Board member
Richard Childress.
"The car we'll have in Daytona supports the NRA
museum that was just built and opened up by Johnny
Morris, a great man, friend and supporter of our race
team at Richard Childress Racing," said Childress, who
serves as chairman of the NRA Hunting and Wildlife
Conservation Committee. "He and I both feel very
strongly about the NRA and what its goals are for educating people about guns, conservation and hunting."
A powerful advocate for hunters, Childress recognized the importance of gun safety, wildlife conservation and our Second Amendment freedoms at an early
age. They are values he has devoted considerable
time to promoting and protecting-and passing on to
his grandsons.
"I've been hunting, shooting and enjoying the outdoors with my family my entire life," said Dillon. "It's
part of our livelihoods, and it's what we do together
as a family to relax away from the racetrack. The NRA
National Sporting Arms Museum focuses on hunting,
conservation and freedom. I can't think of anything
more American than that, so I'm really excited about
the race weekend and highlighting firearms freedom."
If representing those freedoms and all they stand for

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2014

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wasn't weighty enough for the 24-year-old, Dillon will also
be carrying on the tradition of the legendary No. 3 car
at Daytona. Made famous by the late Dale Earnhardt, the
No. 3 had been unofficially retired from Sprint Cup Series
competition since the seven-time champion was killed
on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. Earnhardt visited
victory lane at Daytona a record 34 times, with the vast
majority of those wins coming while driving the No. 3 car.
Childress, whose cars Earnhardt piloted to six of his
seven series championships, as well as his victory in
the 1998 Daytona 500, brought the No. 3 out of retirement for the start of the 2014 season.
"All of us at Bass Pro Shops are proud to partner with
our good friend and conservationist Richard Childress
and his grandson Austin Dillon by paying tribute to
the NRA and the new National Sporting Arms Museum,
which is located at Bass Pro Shops' flagship superstore
in Springfield, Mo., by donating a special NRA paint
scheme," said Morris. "We couldn't think of a better
way to salute the NRA membership and museum than
to feature it on the famous No. 3 Chevy when it returns
to Daytona on the Fourth of July weekend."
This is not the first time Bass Pro Shops
has promoted the NRA through its

Images courtesy of Richard Childress Racing


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