As the only NASCAR Sprint Cup driver or car owner to have run the Boston Marathon, Michael Waltrip will honor the victims of the marathon tragedy by using special door numbers on his three NASCAR entries in Sunday’s STP 400 at Kansas Speedway.
The door numbers on Clint Bowyer’s No. 15, Mark Martin’s No. 55 and Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 56 MWR Toyota Camrys will replicate the 2013 Boston Marathon runner “bib” numbers, which are pinned on each of the nearly 30,000 runners. Waltrip posted a time of 4 hours, 33 minutes in the 2000 event.
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“The news coming out of Boston this week was very personal to me,” said Waltrip. “When I ran the Boston Marathon in 2000, I remember thinking about what a privilege it was to be able to participate and all the hard work it took to be there. When you can see those international flags flying in Copley Square, you know you are about to complete your journey. I know the joy those runners were feeling at that moment when their worlds changed.
“It was a great moment of pride when they pinned the Boston Marathon bib on me, so I thought it would be great to pin bib numbers on our race cars this week in Kansas... We just want the victims of the attack, the brave men and women who helped after the explosions and the city of Boston to know that we are thinking of them and we will support them any way we can.”