National Guard to end sponsorship of Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. (PHOTO: JR Motorsports)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The National Guard will no longer sponsor popular NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. to save money — and because the partnership just isn’t drawing recruits.

The news broke yesterday after the agency completed an internal review and decided to make drastic changes when it comes to sports recruitment marketing.

As a result, the reserve military force is ending its $32 million Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR sponsorship after this season. Additionally, the reserve military force is dropping its $12 million Graham Rahal Indy Racing League (IRL) sponsorship too.

“Significantly constrained resources and the likelihood of further reductions in the future call for more innovative and cost-effective ways of doing business,” Maj. Gen. Judd H. Lyons, acting director of the Army National Guard, said in a news release.  “We believe industry and open competition can help us identify effective and efficient solutions to help us meet our marketing and recruiting objectives within budget constraints.”

But the National Guard needs to continue to recruit new people. In fact, Lyons said the number of new members needed to join the is the second largest in the Department of Defense, coming in second to the Army.

“To make best use of limited marketing dollars, future programs will have to sustain the Army National Guard brand with the American public, and also generate quality leads that will fill our ranks with the best Soldiers that America has to offer.”

Since 2012, the National Guard has reduced sports sponsorships to just the NASCAR and IndyCar sponsorships.

Officials said that for fiscal year 2015, the Army Guard’s marketing budget is expected to be about half of what it was for fiscal year 2012.


  • Robbie

    NASCAR is dying and watched by fat slobs with nothing better to do than watch a bunch of little wimps ride around in circles. NASCAR is filled with crooks and racists just like todays Republican party. Don’t need to waste money on that.

  • cristy

    I know right,like football and basketball,bunch of over paid uneducated people making money for the man.Nascars full of crooks?dont watch the news much do you?how many basketball,football player are in the news weekly for beating their wives,not paying support for their kids or killings?thats why no blacks in auto racing of any kind,not just nascar.they don’t want or need the drama

    • Robbie

      Poor Christy aka/Manigirlishi! An admirer of Rick the felon Hendrick and his coke snorting buddy France Jr. Suspended drivers, crew members for failed drug tests and lets not forget NAPCARS poster boy Jeremy Mayfield . Heavy fines for cheating and yet you think CRAPCAR is squeaky clean. NOT!!!

  • Jose

    I don’t know because I like tony stuwart but it looks like he turn a littlle to the right as if he wanted to hit it in slow motion.and you know what I mean.

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