North Carolina members of Congress helped lead the charge to block an effort to cut military spending on NASCAR.
U.S. Reps. Larry Kissell, Patrick McHenry, and Sue Myrick were among the most vocal members advocating to continue the spending and reject – by a vote of 216-202 -- an amendment by Reps. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., and Betty McCollum, D-Minn that would have cut $72.3 million in defense spending.
NASCAR's roots are embedded in North Carolina. The majority of teams are based in the Tar Heel state, which is also home to Charlotte Motor Speedway. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is located in Charlotte.
Kissell said the special relationship the sport has with the military would be tough to replicate elsewhere if cuts were made.
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