NASCAR team owner Richard Childress has long been known for providing rides for some of the best drivers in the sport, from the legendary Dale Earnhardt to future Hall of Famer Kevin Harvick.
But Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky doesn’t need a ride. He needs ammo.
At least that was Zelensky’s response to an offer from the United States to evacuate the president to a secure location amidst his country’s ongoing fight against the Russian invasion.
So instead of offering Zelensky a ride, Childress decided to step up and help get Zelensky what he really needs.
Childress, who sits on the Board of Directors for ammunition manufacturer AMMO Inc., appeared on Fox and Friends this morning to announce that the company would be donating a million rounds of ammunition to Ukraine to help them defend themselves from the ongoing invasion from Russia.
Asked why it was important for him to get involved, Childress said that he heard Zelensky’s plea for ammo and immediately made a call to Fred Wagenhals the chairman of AMMO Inc. to ask them to help.
“I said, ‘Fred, we’ve got to help these people. They need ammunition.’
And he stepped right up, he said ‘We will do it.’ And now we’re turning our production to this as our number one priority.”
Childress said they would be partnering with some government agencies, but would also be working with private companies to get the ammunition delivered more quickly. He said that the number one ammo that Ukraine needs right now is 7.62, so that’s what they’re focusing on producing.
Speaking on AMMO Inc.’s donation, Wagenhals said in a press release:
“Ammo Inc., and we as Americans stand firmly in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence, as we stand for freedom and democracy everywhere. While we fervently hope for a quick and peaceful resolution to the crisis and that diplomacy will win the day, we condemn the Russian aggression and its threat to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and freedom.
We recognize that events are unfolding rapidly on the ground in Ukraine, and we are prepared to move quickly as possible to support Ukraine as it continues to defend itself and its freedom.”
And Childress also said that the situation in Ukraine should serve as a wakeup call for Americans to support the Second Amendment:
“This is a wakeup call for America and why we have to have our Second Amendment. We have 82 million gun owners in America. And to see the people in Ukraine fighting – it’s terrible to see the lives that are being lost over there.”
Nascar legend, Richard Childress, jumps into the race to defend Ukraine by providing 1M rounds of ammunition. WATCH: pic.twitter.com/JaLWPPCx5R