It has been 10 years since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. It is amazing how things have changed in that time due to the events of that day.

One thing that has not changed is our sport’s support for our country and the amazing men and women of our armed forces who fight, have fought or will fight to defend our freedom from those who want to take it away. Likewise, within the NASCAR community, there is an amazing support for our nation’s first responders including police, firemen, EMT personnel and others.

This support comes from every facet of NASCAR. From the sanctioning body itself, to the teams, the sponsors and the tracks, everyone stands strong to show our gratitude for those fighting for us.

Fans who attend our races commonly talk about how our pre-race is the best pre-race in the entire sport. Whether we include military families, veterans or current troops, we focus heavily on this great nation of ours and all who play a role in keeping America free.

Having worked here for almost five years, I can say one thing for sure. Every ounce of energy that we put in to our pre-race activities is because of our gratitude toward those we choose to honor. We know it can’t make up for the casualties, injuries and time lost with family. We know it will never be equal to what has been sacrificed for us to continue to enjoy the things we love. While it is simple in the grand scheme of things, we do it to focus the attention where it should be placed… on the brave men and women who live each day to make sure we are safe and able to enjoy racing at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Over the past few days, there have been numerous tributes to those who were lost in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. During that time, I’m sure you took the opportunity to remember those who perished, while taking the time to thank someone for their service to this country and our communities. If you didn’t, please take a moment to do both, and another moment to remember how lucky we are to live in a place that allows us to go racin’ on the weekend.