Track walk at Charlotte Motor Speedway Coca-Cola 600

Track walk at Charlotte Motor Speedway Coca-Cola 600
Track walk at Charlotte Motor Speedway Coca-Cola 600

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Why NASCAR is the best sport: God and Country

          Why is NASCAR the best sport? Simply put, they know how to show respect for God and America's men and women in uniform.  If you didn't know, this sport is the last national pastime that begins in a word of prayer (and why not, it's a dangerous sport!). The actual company of "NASCAR" as well as many of the individual speedways and racing teams have chaplains and these speedways actually encourage ministries such at Motor Racing Outreach and local churches to be involved during race week.

      I had the opportunity at this year's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to hold "the world's largest American Flag" at the introduction of the race. Many military (in and out of uniform) men and women were on hand and they peppered the grandstands. I don't think I said "thank you for your service" so many times on one day. While it was an honor for my family to be a part of this event (my father in the video and picture is a vet), it was also amazing to hanging out in the pits right before the race. We were able to watch the pre-race rituals of each of the teams and I even got the chance to cheer on Tony Stewart's pit crew on the way by his pit stall. The reaction from his crew was pretty cool...  After we passed Jeff Gordon's 24 pit crew and my father-in-law asked if they would take a picture with a vet. They said they would be honored and waved him over. We got a great picture with him and Jeff's crew literally minutes before the race.
       On both Veteran's Day and Memorial Day (as well as their normal race days), Nascar knows how to honor God and Country!

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