NASCAR Community visits Walter Reed

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Before heading to the Pocono Raceway this weekend, several NASCAR teams and drivers made a pit stop at Walter Reed Army Medical Center(WRAMC) in Washington, D.C.

Teams visited with soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. NASCAR brought a handful of cars and trucks to the hospital campus, which is set to close in September.

Driver of the No.16, Greg Biffle said about the visit, “A lot of times, you feel like you’ve had a bad day or didn’t have a good finish, and then you come here and see these guys and it’s pretty inspiring what you’ve done and what everybody’s given up for our freedom.”

“We come to try and make these troops feel better and all, but at the end of the day, I always feel better about our country,” says Richard Childress about his day at WRAMC. “I feel better about our troops and their attitude. It makes you feel how lucky we are as Americans to have young men and women out supporting our country. When you leave here, you don’t have any problems.”

This is the seventh year the NASCAR community has come to Walter Reed Army Medical Center to spend the day with the troops.

One patient at Walter Reed said about the event, “When they let us know, ‘Thank you for everything' it really gets our spirits up and it makes us feel better for what we did.”

NASCAR and the military is a bond you don’t see anywhere else in the sports world. From the pre-race entertainment to the Army/National Guard sponsorship, from the flyovers to the honored guests at the track. A tight bond that will continue long after Walter Reed closes.
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