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NASCAR, Drivers To Pay Tribute To Tech

by Neal Turnage
Sports Editor
April 19, 2007

The Virginia Tech logo will be seen in a new place this weekend, but if you blink you just might miss it.

As a tribute to the victims of Monday’s shootings on campus, NASCAR has received permission from the university to display a Virginia Tech logo on its cars during the next three weekends’ races. This includes the Nextel Cup Series and Busch Series races at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend, Talladega Superspeedway April 28 and 29, and Richmond International Raceway May 4 and 5.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their family members, their friends -- and the entire Virginia Tech community,” said NASCAR chairman Brian France in an official statement. “We wanted to make a simple, but strong, gesture of remembrance. We are grateful the university gave us clearance to display their logo.”

The design will feature the university’s athletics logo on top of a black oval background and will be displayed on the “B-post” section of the cars, right of the driver’s side window netting.

The Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway will see Va.-native Ward Burton’s No.4 State Water Heaters Chevrolet Impala SS feature a large VT logo on its hood in addition to the smaller logo the other cars will sport.

“I have lived in Virginia all my life and Virginia Tech has always been a big part of this state,” said Burton in a press release. “I am surrounded by people who are either graduates of Virginia Tech, or they have kids who attend. This is not just a community or state tragedy; it’s a national one. I am saddened by this negative publicity for Virginia Tech, but Virginia Tech, its students, their colleagues and employees and the whole state of Virginia is going to rally around this institution.”

Virginia Tech engineering student, Blake Ray, works as an intern for Burton’s team, Morgan-McClure Motorsports in Abingdon, Va.

Also honoring the Hokies this weekend is Eric McClure, driver of the No. 0 Hefty Brand Chevrolet as he races in the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 in Phoenix. McClure, also a Va. native, will have a large Hokie decal on his vehicle and will wear Tech memorabilia at the event.

Trucks competing at Kansas Speedway in the Craftsman Truck Series on April 28 will also display the black oval logo.

Comments (3)

I think that it is a wonderful thing that everyone is showing that we are all in this together. Although like I, some may have never known any of the fallen or even visited Blacksburg, Virgina but can still show that we grieve. This effects everyone
God Bless

Ieshia Kingston | April 21, 2007 3:42 AM

i think this is a great honor that nascar is displaying the VT logo on their cars for the next three heart goes out to all the Virginia Tech faculty,students and staff..u are all in my prayers everyday..may god be with each and every one of you..

Monica Hall | April 21, 2007 10:46 AM

First and foremost I want to extend thoughts and prayers to all of the friends and family members during this time. Being from Virginia, I have walked the campus of VT. I wasn't a student but VT is a hub of learning for our region of VA. Some of my high school classmates have attended and graduated from VT. My brother graduated from VT with an engineering degree. As I sit here with my 14 month old son in my arms, I have a tear rolling down my cheek. My heart breaks for the families. Thank you Ward Burton, you are and have been a great ambassador for the state! GOD BLESS VT!

Rick Patton | April 22, 2007 10:56 PM