Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day(NASCAR Style)

NASCAR has a running tradition of patriotism and connection with the United States military. The National Guard, Air Force and Army are all sponsors of drivers, and you see numerous servicemen and women at the races each weekend. So it came as no surprise that NASCAR chose to honor Memorial Day with a variety of tributes. However, this was special.

President Obama requested that everyone take a moment to reflect and remember the men and women who have died serving our country this afternoon at 3pm. Well, NASCAR did something beyond that. NASCAR Officials decided stop the entire race; something you don’t see in football or baseball.

The drivers were asked to shut down all the cars, every crew member stepped shoulder-to-shoulder out on pit road, and the flags around Lowe’s Motor Speedway were lowed to half mast. The result? One of the most moving moments in sports history.

NASCAR gets a lot of criticism, but this one moment is something that was done right. Bravo NASCAR!

Thank you to all those who sacrifice their lives so the rest of us could be here.