Teams plan to support Boston at track
NASCAR teams have released plans to show support for the city of Boston this weekend at Kansas Speedway.
Roush Fenway Racing, which is co-owned by Boston’s Fenway Sports Group, plans to have its team carry “B-Strong” decals during this weekend’s NASCAR event following Monday’s explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon that led to three deaths mor than 170 injuries. In addition, team co-owner Jack Roush has pledged to donate $100 for every lap the team leads during Sunday’s Sprint Cup race.
Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will drive for the team at Kansas.
“When events occur such as what happened earlier this week in Boston, it is our nature to be overwhelmed with a variety of emotions,” Roush said. “To have to withstand an act of such senselessness and cowardice against innocent people is disheartening to us all. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, as well as the entire city of Boston.
“As Americans we can all be proud of the way the city of Boston — and the entire nation — has banded together in the wake of this tragedy. We are proud of our Boston connections and feel privileged to be able to play a very small part in supporting the ‘B-Strong’ effort.”
The decal the teams are carrying is the one that the Red Sox organization has used as a rallying point for Bostonians since the event.
Michael Waltrip Racing also plans to carry a decal in honor of the victims. Team founder and co-owner Michael Waltrip is the only NASCAR driver or owner to have run the Boston Marathon. Waltrip completed the marathon in 4 hours, 33 minutes in 2000.
This weekend, he plans to run special door numbers on the organizations three entries this weekend.
The door numbers on the cars of Clint Bowyer, Mark Martin and Martin Truex Jr. will replicate the style of the 2013 Boston Marathon bib numbers that are pinned to the runners.
“The news coming out of Boston this week was very personal to me,” Waltrip said. “When I ran the Boston Marathon in 2000, I remember thinking about what a privilege it was to be able to participate and all the hard work it took to be there. When you see those international flags flying in Copley Square, you know you are about to complete your journey. I know the joy those runners were feeling at that moment when their worlds changed.”