At 3pm, 163 laps into the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR brought its Sprint Cup competitors to a halt on the frontstretch at Lowe's Motor Speedway as crew members lined pit-road and fans stood silently in the grandstands in a Memorial Day moment of remembrance for members of the Armed Forces who have given their lives in service to the United States.

"I thought that it was really cool," said seventh-place finisher Kasey Kahne, "To honour the men and women who have served our country, and be able to participate in such a really special deal was great.

"During the moment of silence, I just sat in my car and thought about what the men and women of the Armed Services have done for our country. I'm proud of NASCAR and all the drivers and crews for such a great moment."

by Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service