Earnhardt Jr. questions NRA sponsorship timing

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One of NASCAR’s most popular drivers, Dale Earnhardt Jr., chimed in when asked about the National Rifle Association sponsoring a Sprint Cup Series race. During an appearance on “The Crossover” (weekdays at 6 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network), Earnhardt called the timing “strange,” but was not going to tell Texas Motor Speedway how to run its business operations.

The NRA will sponsor Texas’ Sprint Cup Series race in April. Earnhardt won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup (then called Winston Cup, in 2000) and Nationwide (the former Busch Grand National) Series races at the track.

Watch the full interview on Thursday night on The Crossover.

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NRA set to sponsor Sprint Cup race at Texas

Post-race gun celebration at Texas may be changed

F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.