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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Drivers, track to honor victims

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kansas Speedway and several drivers plan to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings during this weekend's NASCAR races.

The track is working with NASCAR on a moment of silence before Sunday's Sprint Cup race to remember the three people killed and more than 170 wounded in Monday's blasts.

Said RFR team owner Jack Roush: "When events occur such as what happened earlier this week in Boston, it is our nature to be overwhelmed with a variety of emotions. 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."

Michael Waltrip, who ran the Boston Marathon in 2000, plans to honor them with special door numbers painted on his three Sprint Cup entries. The numbers will replicate the style of bib numbers pinned on the nearly 30,000 runners in this year's marathon.

Waltrip said, "It was a great moment of pride when they pinned the Boston Marathon bib on me, so it would be great to pin bib numbers on our races cars this week in Kansas."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.