NASCAR: Teams Sport 9/11 Tributes on the Side of Their Rides at Richmond Raceway

by Samantha Whidden

To honor those who died during the September 11th attacks, NASCAR racing teams sported tributes on the side of their rides at the Richmond Raceway on Saturday.

“Teams throughout the field at @RichmondRaceway pay tribute to those we lost 20 years ago,” NASCAR declared in a Twitter post. 

NASCAR also featured the designs in an Instagram post with the caption, “Always, and especially today. #NeverForget911.” The racing organization shared a video of it honoring those who perished in the infamous historical events.

“In a lot of ways, it’s hard to comprehend that it’s been 20 years. #NeverForget911,” NASCAR added. 

Noah Gragson Dedicates NASCAR Richmond Raceway Win to the September 11th Victims 

After being dubbed winner at the Richmond Raceway, NASCAR driver, Noah Gragson, announced he dedicated his big win to the September 11th victims. “Today is not about this team. It’s about everybody who lost their lives 20 years ago [during the terrorist attacks]. 

The driver also said that we have a lot of heavy hearts. But a least in America, we can come together on September 11th and appreciate all the racing fans. “It’s an emotional day. It’s a special day. But it’s not about us today. [It is an] emotional day for sure and everybody that’s gone through the tragic events 20 years ago, there are 1,000 prayers and thoughts about them.”

Gragson also celebrated his win on the track by holding up the American flag. He also had a 9/11 Memorial and Museum sticker on his No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet.

There Is Such Thing As Being the Most Patriotic Organization in the World

During an interview with Fox News on Saturday, driver Garrett Smithley said it’s an honor to be a part of NASCAR, The organization notably comes together to do special tributes. Especially to those who perished in the September 11th attacks. “I would say [NASCAR] the most patriotic major sporting organization,” the racer declared. “I would say, in the world.”

Smithley also stated that the race weekend was something he is never going to forget. NASCAR notably teamed up with the 9/11 Memorial and Museum to display a 1,100-piece of steel from the World TradeCenter. There were also 9/11 paint schemes on the cars. A Wall of Remembrance, sponsored by Toyota, was also put on display. 

“Our family has always been very passionate about the military,” the NASCAR racer observed. “My parents raised me to love the American flag.”

He then stated that the national anthem was pretty much the first song he had ever learned. “I sang it when I was three years old at a church function. So again I’ve always been very, very patriotic. Very passionate about the military, very passionate about the flag.”

The next cup series NASCAR car race is set to take place on September 18th at the Bristol Motor Speedway