As we reported previously, Michael Waltrip Racing will honor victims of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings with the paint schemes on its three race cars in Sunday’s STP 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. The style of the numbers on the MWR cars (the No. 15 driven by Clint Bowyer, the No. 55 driven by Mark Martin and the No. 56 driven by Martin Truex Jr.) will look similar to the numbers worn by marathon runners. But MWR isn’t the only Sprint Cup organization paying tribute to the bombing victims this weekend.
The No. 30 of Swan Racing, driven by David Stremme, will carry a special paint scheme with the wording, “Praying for Boston,” on the hood, along with a ribbon. Tara Davis, wife of Swan Racing owner Brandon Davis, is a Boston native.
“The tragedy at the Boston Marathon is shared by all Americans,” Brandon Davis said. “Swan Racing and the NASCAR community offer its support to the Boston community, the victims and all those affected by the senseless act of terror.”
Roush Fenway Racing, with the Fenway portion of its ownership group having Boston-area roots, is also honoring Boston with decals on its three Sprint Cup entries — the No. 16 of Greg Biffle, the No. 17 of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and the No. 99 of Carl Edwards. The decals will carry the phrase, “B Strong,” featuring the “B” logo of the Boston Red Sox.
“The deplorable acts committed in connection with the Boston Marathon have impacted the entire nation,” Roush Fenway President Steve Newmark said. “And it is inspiring to watch the resiliency and unyielding determination of the entire city of Boston in the wake of this tragedy. Their resolve helps to remind us what makes our country so great. We obviously work very closely with the Fenway Sports Management group on a regular basis, and for this to happen right there in their back yard really grabs your attention and drives it home.”
The STP 400 is scheduled to take the green flag shortly after 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. The race can be seen live on FOX.
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