NASCAR honors 20th anniversary of 9/11

American flags placed on the ISU campus in remembrance of 9/11.

This past weekend was a very special weekend in racing and in American History, marking the 20th anniversary of the attack on the twin towers in 2001. Nascar in their best way possible remembered those we lost on that sad day. Before the Nascar Xfinity series race Nascar had an entire fire department, Police battalion, and EMS crew take laps around Richmond raceway, while the national anthem was performed.

The greatness of the race weekend didn’t end there, the ending to the Xfinity race was even more meaningful as Noah Gragson in the 9 car and Justin Haley the 11 car first 1-2 to show 9/11 in the podium. This also was the second week in a row that Noah Gragson won the race.

When it came to the Nascar Cup Series race the great night wasn’t as great. As it was mainly spaced out pact racing and boring back and forth for top five. Other than the boring pact racing and back and forth for playoff points there were a few honorable things to mention for the honors of 9/11. During laps 9-11 the pits closed, crew and fans stood up and waved American Flags for the entire three lap period.

Though the race wasn’t a great race to watch, Martin Truex Jr. came out on top and won his 4th race of the season to lock himself into the round of 12. The three drivers locked into the next round so far are Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Larson.

The next and final race of the round of 16 is Bristol on Saturday the 18th. It will be the Bristol night race and it starts at 7:30pm.