“We Will Never Forget”: Tony Stewart’s Star Employee Joins Brad Keselowski as They Honor the Heroes of 9/11

Published 09/11/2023, 2:30 PM EDT

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Today marks the 22nd anniversary of America’s most heartbreaking tragedy, 9/11. This solemn day is a tribute to the fallen soldiers, first responders, and the thousands who lost their lives, leaving a lasting impact on millions.

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In a moment of unity, NASCAR, a sport deeply rooted in the nation’s patriotic culture, joined hands with the wider community to honor the fallen heroes. The NASCAR community came together to pay their heartfelt respects, underscoring the enduring spirit of unity in the face of adversity.

NASCAR unites in remembrance, paying tribute to 9/11 heroes with Tony Stewart’s employee standing in solidarity

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After the adrenaline-fueled action in Kansas City, NASCAR fans eagerly turned their attention to the upcoming playoffs’ Round of 12 grid decider at Bristol. The playoff season was in full swing, but amidst the excitement, the racing community paused to observe a day of remembrance.

On Twitter, Brad Keselowski’s RFK Racing shared a poignant message, vowing to never forget the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, and expressing gratitude to the brave first responders who played pivotal roles that day. They tweeted, We will never forget.  Today, we take time to remember the lives of those lost on September 11th, 2001, and honor the bravery of our first responders involved on that day.”

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This sentiment of unity and respect for September 11th, 2001, echoed across the NASCAR world, with Tony Stewart’s star employee and seasoned veteran Kevin Harvick‘s crew chief, Rodney Childers, also taking to Twitter to echo the words: “We will never forget…”

NASCAR’s ever-evolving landscape: Brad Keselowski discusses track dynamics

While the echoes of heartbreak from the past continue to resonate, the spirit of NASCAR persists and evolves. With the recent race at Kansas Speedway, fresh in the memory, seasoned paddock figure Jordan Bianchi and NASCAR champ Brad Keselowski delved into the ever-changing dynamics of NASCAR tracks.

In a tweet, Bianchi shared his newfound appreciation for Kansas Speedway, highlighting how it has undergone a remarkable transformation. Once viewed as a track that didn’t necessarily excite fans, it has now become one of the most eagerly anticipated venues on the NASCAR circuit, especially during playoff races. Bianchi wrote,

“There was a time not too long ago NASCAR races at Kansas were looked at unfavorably. Just wasn’t a track that generally excited fans. Now, Kansas is arguably the best track on the circuit to where its playoff race is one circled on the calendar.”

Keselowski also echoed Bianchi’s sentiments as he emphasized the evolving preferences of both fans and drivers, emphasizing the shift from 1.5-mile tracks being less favored in the past to becoming favorites with the NextGen cup car. Keselowski also noted that road courses, once considered among the most exciting races to watch, have lost some of their appeal in recent times. He wrote,

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“Agreed. We went from 1.5-mile tracks being the worst and road courses being the best races to watch with Gen6 car: To now, 1.5-mile tracks being the best and road courses being the worst racing to watch with NextGen cup car. Interesting to watch this play out. We need more 1.5”

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In a sport that continually evolves, one can only wonder what other contrasting dynamics will emerge in NASCAR’s ever-changing landscape. What surprises do you think await around the next turn?

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Rashi Shetty

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Rashi Shetty is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. Her passion for the sport extends beyond the thrill of on-track racing, as she finds the behind-the-scenes aspects of car development and sportsmanship equally captivating. Her favorite motorsports moment of 2023 is the NASCAR Garage 56 entry at Le Mans.
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Nischal Kandpal

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