FORT WORTH, Texas — A U.S. senator from Connecticut sent a letter to media mogul Rupert Murdoch asking that Fox not air Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race sponsored by the National Rifle Association.
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy wrote to the News Corp. chief that the race is taking place during Senate consideration of legislation to reduce gun violence in the wake of the elementary school shootings in December in Newtown, Conn. Murphy said the race will give national attention "to an organization that has been the face of one side of this heated debate."
Fox officials declined comment. The NRA 500 from Texas Motor Speedway will be broadcast as scheduled.
Murphy also questioned the Victory Lane tradition at Texas, where the winner gets a cowboy hat and can fire six-shooters loaded with blanks into the air.
"I think the fact that they're not loaded is a fairly safe thing," track president Eddie Gossage said.