The tornadoes that have raked the southeastern United States in the last few weeks have left deep scars in NASCAR country, and the horrifying storm that virtually destroyed Joplin, Missouri is no exception.
Joplin is the hometown of Jamie McMurray, and shortly after the storm hit, he issued the following statement: "My heart goes out to all the people that have been affected by the devastating Missouri tornado on May 22nd, especially in my hometown of Joplin. It is difficult to put into words, the emotions I have when I see the devastation and destruction that was caused by this storm. My thoughts and prayers are extended to all the people who are dealing with so much loss. I would also like to thank all those that have reached out to me to express their concerns for my family. Although I don't personally have any family in Joplin any longer, there are still many people there that need our support and prayers."
Expect McMurray to reach out in some form; he, like so many other drivers, is keenly aware of NASCAR's need to offer up charity to those who need it.
And for a little perspective, take a look at the devastation in Joplin. Shocking.