Why won't ESPN air Christian NASCAR driver's ad?
Blake Koch sounds off
- Duration 3:50
- Date Mar 29, 2012
Blake Koch sounds off
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-- is fairly new on the Nationwide Series circuit.
Young deeply devoted to his Christian faith has just in his second season he already ranks the top half of drivers but last month just before his race Daytona.
-- and his sponsor rise up and register dot com a voter registration group planned to air this ad on ESPN.
No perhaps could already stands didn't -- -- the last election -- now.
I was one of its time for all of us the entire NASCAR nation to rise up and make your voice heard from my.
That -- never saw the light of day ESPN told cook and his sponsors that the -- was denied because they had.
Political and religious overtones but is that really true or is -- being targeted.
Force religious beliefs.
Blake welcome to the -- -- -- now so you were in the top ten win rise up and register resides -- -- -- since that time you really struggling to make ends meet.
Why do they have a problem with the message a pro vote message.
Yeah -- the united I heard that the reason was religious overtones -- -- particular website which.
You know I didn't think that my faith in Christ to have an impact my sponsor could hear her commercial and I can tell when did you think it that it something to do with is his decision not to -- the commercial we'll have all the details of what we had a voice mail saying that -- Commercial -- -- because political religious overtones and you saw the commercial.
And obviously didn't have any religious overtones at all.
And -- that particular because my website.
So Europe your reaction will we know what's happened to -- -- you using used tires you gotta scrape together money just be able to race and compete.
And not going to be successful that way.
Yeah I mean that's Ford's generator on our sponsors in the fans' support and I'm not here to bash his piano -- -- it's gonna launch in the cover its history.
But I need to get a sponsor to be out compete on the series and I worked really really hard to get sponsorship can and is really affected -- -- -- a blank card California.
You know Joseph Gibbs is one of the most successful racing teams use and it is outstanding football coach he's -- -- -- everything he does religious.
Any religious or into his book went out that way how come they don't have a problem with Joseph Gibbs his background with religion.
I really don't have an answer of that -- gives is off -- and -- a great team in the game plan for life is the book and he promotes and and it and it's -- religion in every chapter and a.
So in intern do you think that you might tone down your web site in response to ESPN's concern.
Absolutely not that's the one thing I will not do is deny my faith just because that's a particular sponsor might not like the way I've expressed my faith which I know my own time.
Rates -- invasion -- of cherishing issue in my testimony and -- -- willing to -- -- fish and here is the message left on your voice -- let's listen together.
-- -- -- department of war political and religious overtones which we see it but boy I'll -- standard -- look.
-- what shape you know it's well.
Good -- excellent site and then to exceed the average patched X that is so that -- -- It's ridiculous Sylvester he -- gets the message he relays it to you.
And your team is devastated because you're a pro -- message -- if -- give -- an anti vote don't vote message would that be okay.
I don't know -- -- you know it's the messages you know the goal was to register one million new people to vote this let this upcoming election and wasn't tied a particular candidate -- party which is fine.
But it registration is ESPN statement quote the spot did not meet our -- -- to -- in regard to add legacy messaging.
Placate people wanna file you registering their support or -- that -- feel differently but I imagine they gonna be supportive pat Blake.
-- cook but is spelled KO CH racing -- can follow me on Twitter at Blake -- racing KFC's great nice to see labels this -- of the singers out for anything good luck this weekend.