Connecticut senator seeks to block NRA 500 broadcast

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The title sponsor of the first Sprint Cup Series race of 2013 at Texas Motor Speedway is the National Rifle Association.

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Posted on April 13, 2013 at 7:39 AM

Updated Saturday, Apr 13 at 8:18 AM

FORT WORTH — The National Rifle Association is the sponsor of Saturday night's NRA 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway, and that's stirring up some controversy.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) is asking the Fox network not to broadcast the Sprint Cup race.

Murphy wrote a letter to Fox chief Rupert Murdoch, saying the NRA 500 shouldn't happen as lawmakers consider gun control laws.

Speedway president Eddie Gossage said this is about racing — not politics.

"The American public is not engaged in this, but the senator keeps trying to stir it up, and I can appreciate that," Gossage said. "He's in Connecticut. We're in Texas. His values don't fly here."

Fox officials said the race will be broadcast as scheduled.

The Busch brothers will be in the front row. Kyle busch knocked big brother Kurt Busch off the pole on Friday night.

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