LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. is optimistic about his sponsorship relationship with the National Guard despite the U.S. Army's decision to end its association with another team, Stewart-Haas Racing, next season.
The runner-up in NASCAR's Sprint Cup standings said Friday he was ``disappointed'' by the Army's decision announced last Tuesday.
Ryan Newman, who drives for SHR, attributed the decision to end the sponsorship to ``true politics.''
Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota and Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia are backing an amendment that would prohibit military sponsorship of sports. McCollum lost a House vote a year ago to end military sponsorships of NASCAR, professional wrestling and fishing, but is trying again to have about $80 million in sponsorship cut from the defense budget.

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