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How NASCAR Will Honor 9/11 Heroes, Victims for Playoff Race at Richmond

by Quentin Blount
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Everyone knows that NASCAR loves to honor our nation’s heroes whenever they get the chance. And that’s exactly what they will be doing on September 11.

We are fresh off of the heels of an intense playoff race at the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington.

The Round of 16 showdown definitely shook things up in the NASCAR Playoffs picture. It set the stage for what should be yet another electrifying race come Sunday. Next up on the NASCAR Cup Series playoff schedule is a meeting at Richmond Raceway. The upcoming race has been dubbed “The Salute to American Heroes 400.” The race will start at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, the NBC Sports App, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

In addition to a great race, there is another reason to tune in — NASCAR will be honoring some of our nation’s heroes and victims of 9/11. As a matter of fact, the racing organization worked hand in hand with the 9/11 Memorial and Museum on the tributes. One of them, incredibly, is a piece of steel that came from near the top of the World Trade Center. Local responders in Henrico County will help put the more than 1,000-pound tribute on display in the track’s midway spectator area.

The official Twitter account for Richmond Raceway has been posting updates leading up to the race.

NASCAR fans can always get behind our nation’s heroes. And that was the case yet again on Friday. One fan, in particular, asked if fans could still get in and see the tribute firsthand.

“Will fans be able to take pictures and see it tomorrow?” they commented.

“Yes! For sure will. It will be on display today and tomorrow,” Richmond Raceway replied.

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There is no question that NASCAR drivers and fans alike will be ready to get the race underway on Sunday. But they will first be forced to take a back seat to the 9/11 tributes, and rightfully so.

The Cup Series playoff race at Richmond Raceway will be preceded by a parade, of which first responder vehicles will lead. They will be followed by teams and fans holding American flags, 9/11 Memorial, and Museum flags. More over, a banner with the names of the 2,977 people who were killed will be unfurled over Turn 4. After that, the Henrico Fire Choir will sing the National Anthme, and the Air Force Chorus will sing a rendition of God Bless America.

Once all of the September 11 tributes have taken place, it will be playoff racing time. The next sound we will hear is from a group of first responders who will be giving the “start your engines” command to the drivers in the field.