Richard Childress is no longer a member of the board of directors of the National Rifle Association.
Childress resigned in a letter dated Monday, August 19, two days after the NRA was co-sponsoring the NASCAR Cup race Saturday night at the Bristol Motor Speedway.
"Right now, I need to focus completely on my business," NASCAR team owner and Hall of Fame said in a statement. “I owe it to my employees, our partners, my family and myself. Since I proudly agreed to be part of the NRA Board, I have supported the organization and its important mission to preserve and protect our constitutional rights. But when, as now, I am no longer able to fully commit to any commitment I have made, it is time to resign. I have reached that point in my ability to continue serving the NRA. As such, I must resign. ”
The NRA has been co-sponsoring the Bristol night race since 2016. Bristol's sponsorship came after the group had previously sponsored the spring race at the Texas Motor Speedway.
NRA President Oliver North resigned in April. Childress read North's resignation letter at the organization's board meeting. Since North's resignation, stories have emerged about the use of money and disputes within the organization as donations have declined for the group. The Washington Post and other media reported in early August that NRA CEO Wayne Lapierre had sought to buy a $ 6 million Texas mansion with NRA funds following the Parkland shooting.
Childress is the fifth board member to resign this month. He had previously badumed the position of First Vice President of the ANR in 2017.
Richard Childress Racing, who presented a car for seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt for much of his career, currently has two cars in the Cup Series and one in the Xfinity Series. While Tyler Reddick leads the Xfinity Series points clbadification and has four victories, Austin Dillon, Childress's grandson, is ranked 23rd in the Cup Series points clbadification and Daniel Hemric is 25.
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Nick Bromberg He is a Yahoo Sports writer.
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