NASCAR Teams to Pay Tribute to Boston Bombing Victims
The nation, and more specifically, the people of Boston, are still reeling from the horrific bombings that took place earlier in the week.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, many sports teams have paid tribute to those lost and injured in their own special way. The New York Yankees, the arch-nemesis if you will of the Boston Red Sox, were one of the first MLB teams to take action. The Yankees put up a banner outside of Yankee Stadium that featured their logo alongside the Red Sox logo, with the statement, "United We Stand."
During the third inning of one of their home games this week, the Yankees also played "Sweet Caroline." The classic Neil Diamond tune that is a staple at every Red Sox home game. While this was playing, the Yankees put a ribbon on their jumbo screen. The ribbon featured both team logos and the phrase, "New York Stands With Boston, Pray For Boston."
Aside from the Yankees, several other teams in MLB have paid tribute by playing "Sweet Caroline" or displaying their own ribbons. Multiple NBA and NHL teams have also had moments of silence in the wake of the Boston Bombings.
The Boston Bruins had a very touching tribute in Boston before their last home game.
This was the first major sporting event held in Boston since the bombings took place. Prior to the game, the National Anthem was performed. During the anthem, the singer stopped and allowed the audience to finish singing it. This was followed by a U-S-A chant. During all of this, the arena was lit up in yellow and blue, which are the colors of the Boston Marathon.
This weekend in Kansas, it will be NASCAR's turn to pay their respects to the victims of the bombings.
According to a press release on RoushFenway.com, the Roush Fenway Racing team will have a special decal on each of their cars. The press release goes onto state that;
In the aftermath of the tragic events that occurred during Monday’s Boston Marathon, Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) will show its support for the city of Boston with a “B-Strong” tribute this weekend at Kansas Speedway.
All three Roush Fenway Ford Fusions will carry “B-Strong” decals during this weekend’s NASCAR event and RFR team owner Jack Roush has pledged to donate $100 for every lap the team leads during Sunday’s Sprint Cup race.
For those of you not aware, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are the drivers who comprise Roush Fenway Racing.
It almost was a given that RFR was going to do something this weekend, given their ties to Boston. I do think that it's above and beyond for Roush to offer $100 for every lap that one of his drivers leads. As a fan, I do not care for these three drivers, but I do hope they lead some laps this weekend. In the event they don't, you would have to imagine that Roush would still make some sort of donation.
Michael Waltrip Racing is also doing something special this weekend.
According to a recent release on MichaelWaltripRacing.com, all of their drivers will be sporting unique number designs on the sides of their cars.
The events of this week’s attack on the Boston Marathon hit especially close to Michael Waltrip Racing founder and co-owner Michael Waltrip. As the only NASCAR Sprint Cup driver or car owner to have run the Boston Marathon, Waltrip will honor the victims of the marathon tragedy by running special door numbers on his three NASCAR Sprint Cup entries this weekend at Kansas Speedway.
The door numbers on the No. 15, 55 and 56 MWR Toyota Camrys will replicate the 2013 Boston Marathon runner “bib” numbers, which are pinned on each of the nearly 30,000 runners. Waltrip posted a time of 4 hours, 33 minutes in the 2000 event.
Clint Bowyer, Mark Martin and Martin Truex Jr. are the drivers of MWR that will be displaying the unique numbers in Kansas.
It's pretty awesome what MWR is doing. Although I like what RFR is doing, I think that the numbers on the cars is going to come across better than the "B Strong" decal.
Thus far, these are the only teams to announce that they are partaking in any sort of special tribute this weekend. I am sure that other teams will do their own special thing as well. I also would not be surprised to see NASCAR include something during their pre-race ceremony.
The STP 400 from the Kansas Speedway will take place this Sunday. The green flag is set to wave at approximately 1:16 p.m. ET.
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