NASCAR Shows True Honor, Stops Race To Honor Troops

Jim BobCorrespondent IMay 25, 2009

CONCORD, NC - MAY 25:  Crew members stand on pit road during a red flag for the national moment of remembrance during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 on May 25, 2009 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

NASCAR showed its true blue-collar appeal during Monday’s Coca-Cola 600, moving away from the corporate view they had taken on in the past few years to honor the fine men and women who serve our country.

It may just be the first time any sport has stopped an event at 3 p.m. ET to honor the troops with a moment of silence.

On lap 164, NASCAR threw the caution and radioed to all the drivers to park their cars on the front stretch and have all of the crew members come to the edge of their pit boxes while all of the flags at their track were lowered to half-mast as everyone joined in a moment of silence.

The gesture was apart of the National Moment of Remembrance that asks everyone in America to stop whatever they are doing and honor our brave men and women fighting overseas at 3 p.m. each Memorial Day.

It was an emotional time for everyone involved.

It came unannounced, unexpected, but is sure to be greatly appreciated by those fighting for our country around the world.

It is listed as a competition caution on NASCAR’s official race report, but it was much more then that. It was a caution that showed NASCAR’s true colors. It showed what NASCAR was all about.

It was a gesture that took only a few moments, but will leave a permanent impression for NASCAR that will forever show their great commitment and support of our armed forces.

NASCAR ignored the fact that rain was fast approaching and they still needed to make it to half way. But, that’s just a small price to pay to honor those that pay a much greater price just so we can be free.

Kasey Kahne extended his support of the memorial after the race.

“I thought that it was really cool,” said Kasey Kahne. “To honor the men and women who have served our country, and be able to participate in such a really special deal was great. During the moment of silence, I just sat in my car and thought about what the men and women of the Armed Services have done for our country. I’m proud of NASCAR and all the drivers and crews for such a great moment.”

It's moments like we experienced today that make everyone proud to be involved in this great sport.