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NASCAR drivers react to mass shooting at Texas church


SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TX - NOVEMBER 6: Law enforcement officials gather near the First Baptist Church following a shooting on November 5, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. At least 20 people were reportedly killed and 24 injured when a gunman, identified as Devin P. Kelley, 26, entered the church during a service and opened fire. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Erich Schlegel

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.