A win for Jack Kingston – Army yanks its NASCAR sponsorship

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, has apparently scored at least a partial victory. Just posted by Politico.com:

Prodded by critics in Congress, the Army is pulling out from its often costly sponsorship of a NASCAR racing team to attract recruits.

The announcement Tuesday came from Stewart-Haas Racing, which said the Army would no longer be the primary sponsor in 2013 of the No. 39 Chevrolet driven by Ryan Newman “due to a reallocation of its marketing budget that will not include a presence in NASCAR.”

The action comes just days before the House is to take up the annual Pentagon spending bill to which the Appropriations Committee has already attached language intended to bar such sponsorships.

Kingston, a member of the appropriations committee, is the fellow who has pushed for a halt to the spending. Here’s a bit of background.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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7 comments Add your comment

Bob Loblaw

July 10th, 2012
1:06 pm

Penny wise and pound foolish. Exposure was right in the wheelhouse of Army recruiters’ target market. $10 mil a year when you think about how much the Pentegon spends is a drop in the bucket. Having a guy like Ryan Newman or Dale Jr. basically on the “team” with the branch of the armed forces that they represent gave soldiers and sailors a team to pull for in NASCAR. Blue-blooded, silver spooners like Kingston wouldn’t get it. And, no, he’s never attended a NASCAR race.

left turn on a red light

July 10th, 2012
1:34 pm

WOW!!!! Jack Kingston has spent 20 years in congress and this is his big accomplishment. It really isn’t surprising we are in the shape we are in because so called conservatives spend time working to save 10 million dollars. AMAZING – great job Jack if you could only serve another few thousand years in congress your service and dedication to getting our fiscal house would produce mind bending numbers. The good news is this lug nut can sniff some more gas fumes and crawl back into his hole for another 20 years and think up another beauty to save the country.

Clayton Bigsby

July 10th, 2012
2:11 pm

Jack Kingston dont belong in the country.. And neither does that Osama and his wife. We booed his wife last year in Florida and we hope it sent a message. We dont want no Negras at any NASCAR event with their big but havin, wide nose breathin all the white mans air..

Buck Lassiter

July 10th, 2012
2:33 pm

@ Clayton Bigsby

That is a terrible word to use. Please refrain from using the word “but” and use “butt” when referring to a back side..


July 10th, 2012
2:46 pm

Marketing budget? How about spending that money treating your people right during and after their service, especially those who leave the Army with disabilities and/or trauma, and who require additional job training in order to support their families in the 21st century?

Do that, and the soldiers will do the recruiting for you.

rodert rudis

July 10th, 2012
2:57 pm

Clayton Bigbsy, aren’t you a clever fellow. Is that your real name, Clayton Bigbsy? I hope so. And I see you have a friend, a funny friend, Buck Lassiter.


July 11th, 2012
9:45 am

Clayton Bigsby, Did you ever talk to your ex-wife again after you divorced her for being a n-word lover, lol? Before everyone gets all upset with me or ol’ Clayton, Clayton Bigsby was a character that was invited by Dave Chappelle for his Chappelle Show. You see Old Clayton was a blind white supremest who didn’t know he was actually black so this is just a joke post nothing serious.