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NASCAR chairman opposes North Carolina’s anti-LGBT HB2 law

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At the recent Associated Press Sports Editors Meeting, NASCAR Chairman Brian France told the editors that the sanctioning body opposes North Carolina’s House Bill 2.

Jim Utter, NASCAR Editor for motorsport.com, reported that France was asked if NASCAR should take a stand on the law. France did take a stand.

"I do and we did in Indiana when similar discrimination which were more religious occurred. We take the position that any discrimination, unintended or not, we do not like that and we are working behind the scenes, and we are not a political institution," France said to the group.

"We don’t set agendas or write laws but we express our values to policy makers. We will and we do. We are real clear about that."

Utter also reported that NASCAR is trying to be a part of the solution, but doesn’t feel they need to make "a bunch of threats."

"We are very direct and we do our civic part. We like to think we take a lot of out of communities and run events and do business in North Carolina and so when asked to put back into these communities and be part of big and small decisions, we want to be there but we are one small piece of the fabric," he said. "We want to play our role but not overstate our role."

"Twenty-six different states have versions of this law. I’m not close enough to see how it will play out," he said. "They know our position very clearly."

France appeared earlier this week on Sirius Speedway and again voiced his opposition leading host Dave Moody to tweet, "In case you missed it, NASCAR's Brian France just made his strongest statement yet in opposition to NC's HB2 law."

NASCAR already has a record showing they will not tolerate any discrimination within the sanctioning body.

In 2013, the sanctioning body fined driver Nelson Piquet Jr. $10,000 and was ordered to attend sensitivity training after posting an Instagram comment with a gay slur.

Earlier that year, they also suspended Jeremy Clements for two races after he made a racial slur towards African-Americans.

Both violated NASCAR’s Code of Conduct in their rule book that reads, "shall not make or cause to be made a public statement and/or communication that criticizes, ridicules or otherwise disparages another person based upon that person's race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, or handicapping condition.''

NASCAR gave the same statement in 2015 in regards to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law and applauded Gov. Jan Brewer for vetoing a similar law in Arizona.