NASCAR drivers react to mass shooting at Texas church
Sunday morning, 26 people were killed in a shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, which is located roughly 40 miles east of San Antonio.
Victims of the shooting ranged from 18 months to 77 years old. It is the largest mass shooting in Texas’ history.
The shooting began around 12:20 p.m. ET, about a couple of hours before the scheduled start time of the Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
A moment of silence was held at the track prior the awarding of the race trophy. The track also did not present its signature six-shooters to the winner, Kevin Harvick.
“In light of what happened, it was the respectful thing to do,” said track president and general manager Eddie Gossage.
Drivers began learning about the tragedy after exiting their cars Sunday night. Below are drivers reactions on social media.
Praying for everyone who was harmed by the Texas Church shooting today. That's terrible news to hear.— William Byron (@WilliamByron) November 5, 2017
Can’t stop thinking about all of the families affected by the shooting in Texas today. It hurts my heart to read about all of this.— Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) November 6, 2017
Terrible to see the news about the shooting at the Texas church today. Puts into perspective having a bad day at the track!— David Ragan (@DavidRagan) November 6, 2017