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nascar Its second-round playoff weekend in Virginia is set to honor victims and first responders of 9/11, with a driver praising NASCAR as “the most patriotic” sports organization in the world.

“It’s an honor to be in a sport like NASCAR that comes together and allows us to pay this tribute,” driver Garrett Smithley told Granthshala News on Saturday. “It’s the most patriotic major sports organization in the world, I’d say.”

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For Smithley, it was “a .” Will happen race weekend Which I’m never going to forget,” NASCAR teamed up with the 9/11 Memorial and Museum to display a 1,100-pound piece of steel from the World Trade Center, 9/11 tribute paint schemes on cars, and A Wall of Remembrance sponsored by Toyota Honoring those who died that day, Smithley also said that the tunnel would be donated $120,000 to the Towers Foundation. “Remember Us” T-Shirt Sales made by Nine Line Apparel.

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The event will also be welcome Dale Earnhardt Jr.. On the track, Joe is ready to drive a car inspired by Ground Zero’s Tribute in Lights.

Smithley explained that he was in fourth grade when the terrorist attacks happened 20 years earlier, lived with him in Northern Virginia, and that a sense of patriotism had instilled in him at an early age.

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“Our family has always been very passionate about the military,” Smithley said, noting that both of his grandfathers were members of the service.

“My parents raised me to love the American flag. The national anthem was the first song I ever learned. I sang it when I was three at a church function, so again I’ve always been great I am very, very patriotic. Very passionate about the army, very passionate about the flag,” he said.

Fans receiving American flags at the gate of the raceway and Go Bowling 250 and NASCAR Xfinity Series teams hoisted the American flag and the flags of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in their pit boxes.

Granthshala News’ Gary Gastelu contributed to this report.