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NASCAR driver Blake Koch’s ad turned down by ESPN due to “political and religious overtones”

Click on the link below for a video that highlights a story about Blake Koch’s ad being turned down by ESPN. Very curious as to why his Christian-themed website is impacting the ad’s acceptance (which by the way, has zero religious or political overtones). Make sure to watch the entire clip. There’s an interesting voice mail from ESPN that doesn’t seem to add up to the reality presented by the commercial itself.

Blake Koch on Fox & Friends


Do you think Koch’s website content should preclude this ad from running? He is certainly no more blatant about his faith than other Christians in NASCAR such as team owner Joe Gibbs. Check it out by clicking the link below. And share your thoughts in the comments section.

Blake Koch’s website

You can also read more from Koch who talked to Inspiring Athletes last season:

A conversation with Blake Koch

  • http://updateonBlakeKoch-FromPublicist Insider Media Management

    Christian NASCAR Driver Receives a ‘Raceday Rescue’ In Dallas at Last Hour
    Original Sponsor loses funding after ESPN pulled ad for Blake Koch¹s beliefs, comes through to #KeepBlakeRacing

    DALLAS, TX (April 13, 2012) — Following California’s Royal Purple 300, NASCAR driver Blake Koch sat just 28 points out of the top ten driver standings. Koch was forced to race with a blank car after losing his primary sponsor, all caused by controversy over his Christian faith and an ad on ESPN not being allowed to air. Koch shared his circumstances to a national TV audience March 29th on FoxNews’ Fox and Friends program (click on link to the view story). His story generated an enormous amount of response, support and coverage across the country.

    While Koch was proud to stand for his faith, the loss of the sponsor has caused difficulties. Going into the race this weekend in Dallas, Koch would have been forced to park his car without a primary sponsor. As soon as heard the story, they immediately stepped up, allowing him to race at the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Friday at the Texas Motor Speedway and beginning the #KeepBlakeRacing Campaign.

    “It shows me how much God has his hand on the situation that he would bring along at just the right time,” says Koch. “I’m excited about how they encourage families in their faith, which is extremely important to me. God is always faithful!”

    As Christian and family organizations continue rallying around Koch following the controversy, is the first to stand in the gap after hearing of his recent challenges. “We’re excited to support Blake and his stand for his faith. This is a great opportunity to keep him racing and at the same time bring awareness about Christian movies that reflect family values. ” said Bobby Downes, CEO of

    In honor of Blake’s courageous stance, is giving a FREE month of online DVD Rental service to the first 10,000 people to sign up using promo code “BLAKE” .

    To interview Blake Koch, please contact J.P. Hervis, 305.321.4293 or

    Koch was in a close battle for the 2012 “Rookie of the Year” title, missing it by one point in the final race and finishing “Runner Up” Rookie of the year. He has appeared on Daystar Television Network, Fox and Friends, Billy Graham Evangelical Association website, Robert Schuller’s Hour of Power and numerous other national talk shows. Koch is actively involved with a group of other drivers who get together for Bible study on race days. He appears in an I AM SECOND video with NASCAR drivers Trevor Bayne, Michael Mcdowell, David Starr, Justin Allgaier, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr, and Darrel Waltrip where they share their stories of personal faith. Blake’s ambition is to encourage families to place God at the center of their lives. He and his wife reside in Cornelius, North Carolina and the two are expecting a new baby boy in the coming months.
    Twitter: @blakekochracing

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