NASCAR is taking to social media to remember the lives lost on September 11, 2001. And this year, the sport paid tribute with an image of a flag waving in the wind.
On Friday, September 11, NASCAR and its teams tweeted out a series of pictures with the message “never forget.”
Further, JJ Yeley posted a video of himself reading out the names of 30 Americans killed in the attacks. Yelley posted the video with the caption: “I pledged with many others to read 30 names of Americans killed 19 years ago today.”
Yeley is driving full-time for Rick Ware Racing during the 2020 Cup season.
The tributes appeared against the backdrop of the 2020 playoffs. This week they’re hosted by Bristol Motor Speedway. The Saturday Cup playoff race was expected to draw about 30,000 fans, NBC Sports reported. Shortly after becoming available, tickets sold out quickly.
And Twitter is not the only place NASCAR has united to pay tribute to 9/11 victims. For the last 15 years, the Dover International Speedway has been hosting an annual 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive. On one day out of the year, the site of many NASCAR Cup Series races becomes a humanitarian beacon.
This year, the blood drive took place at a different location from previously used venues, WBOC reported. Organizers also checked temperatures before allowing volunteers into the racetrack to donate.
Still, every blood donor was allowed to drive a lap around the Monster Mile and get their picture taken for posterity. It’s just one more way NASCAR is giving back as well as keeping the memory of those lost on 9/11 alive.